CEMEX UK is presenting plans for proposed operations at Swinderby Airfield to ensure the continued supply of building materials for local construction projects.
The plans are being presented to the local community at an exhibition on 29th November, 2pm to 7.30pm at the Village Hall, Witham St. Hughes and will be submitted to Lincolnshire County Council for planning approval in the early part of 2008.
The proposals include sand and gravel extraction, the erection of a processing and readymixed concrete plant, the, formation of silt and freshwater lagoons and the creation of a new access onto Camp Road, close to the A46 roundabout.
Once workings have been completed, the site would gradually be restored to woodland, reed-beds and lakes for nature conservation and the enjoyment of local people. To enhance levels of public access the creation of cycle ways and public footpaths would also be created, and there could be the potential for after-uses such as fishing, bird-watching and sailing activities.
CEMEX has a long history of operations in the area, and has identified a need to develop the airfield to fulfil local demand once operations at nearby Norton Low Wood, Tonges Plantation and Norton Disney Quarry come to an end in 2012.
The Swinderby development is consistent with national, regional and local plans and policies. Over a seven year period, the quarry would provide 12 million tones of good quality aggregates, which are essential for the construction of homes, schools, offices, hospitals and roads, to continue to serve local markets.
The site has already benefited from the advance planting of nearly 30,000 trees. None of these would be felled, and as part of the restoration there would in fact be new levels of tree planting.
CEMEX has also undertaken a comprehensive Environmental Impact Assessment to ensure that the need for minerals would be balanced against the impact on the local environment. Local people are welcome to visit the exhibition, where a number of people from CEMEX will be at hand to answer questions about the proposals.
Notes to Editors:
CEMEX is a global building materials company and leading supplier of cement, ready-mixed concrete and aggregates. In the UK, CEMEX also produces asphalt, and has a significant share of the roof tile, rail sleepers, concrete-block paving, and concrete-block segments. CEMEX has a national supply network in the UK with over 500 locations, to ensure that quality building materials are available to customers locally. For more information, see www.cemex.co.uk and www.cemex.com