THE ROLE of mineral production in West Sussex is up for debate until July 28.
The Minerals Local Plan is being prepared by West Sussex County Council and the South Downs National Park Authority.
Council leader Louise Goldsmith said: “We know that for some people the potential environmental impacts of quarrying can be significant.
“That’s why we want as many people as possible to take part in the consultation stages so that, ultimately, we can produce a minerals local plan that reflects the comments, observations and views of all relevant and interested parties.”
For the next four weeks, people’s views are being sought on topics including the role of minerals in relation to the economy, environment and communities of West Sussex; how new minerals sites should are identified, making sure the right sites are chosen and where they are in West Sussex; the policies needed to manage future mineral demand in West Sussex; and how mineral resources and associated infrastructure should be safeguarded.
Visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/mwdf for background papers. The consultation is the latest stage in preparing a 15-year blueprint for managing mineral resources in the county.
Paper copies of the papers are available at all county, district and borough councils, along with the SDNPA headquarters.