South Leicestershire MP, Alberto Costa, and Harborough District Councillor for the Misterton Ward, Jonathan Bateman, organised a meeting last week with Parish Councillors and local residents to discuss concerns over the plans for a new quarry at Misterton near Lutterworth.
The quarry proposals, which are still in their early stages, would see fields alongside the A4304 opposite the small village of Misterton excavated for sand and gravel extraction that could last up to 20 years.
Both Alberto and Councillor Bateman have joined local residents in expressing their concerns over the new quarry due to the size and scale of the site, and the number of vehicle movements suggested, which could see almost 75,000 HGV movements per year should the plans be approved.
The meeting was held on the evening of Thursday 9th June and was attended by representatives from Misterton with Walcote Parish Council, Cotesbach Parish Council, Shawell Parish Council, Swinford Parish Council, Lutterworth Town Council as well as Harborough District Councillors for Lutterworth, Geraldine Robinson and Paul Beadle and Leicestershire County Councillor for the Bruntingthorpe Division, Blake Pain.
Alberto said, “I was very pleased to join Councillors Bateman and Pain in speaking to local residents and representatives of the Parish Councils located close to the proposed site of the new quarry in Misterton. Given the size and scale of these plans and the considerable increase in HGV movements as a result, this is a matter of very serious concern to many of my constituents and therefore this meeting was very beneficial in bringing local stakeholders together to discuss our collective concerns and to plan how we engage with the application for the new quarry site moving forward”.
Harborough District Councillor for the Misterton Ward, Jonathan Bateman added, “I would like to thank Alberto for organising this meeting in bringing the local Parish Councils and Councillors together to discuss the proposals for the new quarry at Misterton in further detail. I look forward to continue working closely with residents, the Parish Councils and our MP in ensuing that local concerns are heard loud and clear by the deciding authority”.
Councillor Jonathan Bateman is pictured speaking with Alberto on the right, and Leicestershire County Councillor Blake Pain sat on the left.