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Council votes to expand Mountsorrel Quarry

The quarry in Mountsorrel has been used to extract granite since the 1850s Credit: ITV News Central

Campaigners have lost their fight against proposals to expand one of the largest granite quarries in Europe.

Leicestershire County Council has voted to approve plans to extend Mountsorrel Quarry.

Some residents had opposed the proposals on grounds of noise and increased dust pollution.

LaFarge Tarmac, which runs the Quarry, says that new stone is running low at the 150-year-old quarry. Currently, the site produces and distributes around four million tonnes of crushed granite each year, which is used in construction projects throughout the East Midlands, as well as nationally thanks to its rail freight link at nearby Barrow-upon-Soar.

Decision expected on Mountsorrel Quarry expansion

Mountsorrel Quarry Credit: ITV News Central

Campaigners fighting proposals to expand one of the largest granite quarries in Europe should find out if they've been successful later.

Leicestershire County Council are expected to vote on the plans to extend Mountsorrel Quarry this afternoon.

Some residents oppose the proposal on grounds of noise and increased dust pollution.

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Residents to put quarry expansion concerns to operator

Residents in Quorn will be able to tell the operator of one of Europe's largest quarries about their concerns about its expansion today.

Today residents will be able to speak to the quarry operators Credit: ITV News Central

Granite has been taken from the ground at the Mountsorrel Quarry in Leicestershire for more than 150 years The firm which runs it says new stone is running low. Plans could secure the site for another 40 years, but residents say they are not being consulted about the changes.

The planning application is still being considered by Leicestershire County Council which says it is likely to consider it later in the year.

Five year community rail project completed

The final sleeper has been laid by a team of volunteers in Mountsorrel, Leicestershire, who have dedicated their Saturdays for the last five years to rebuilding the old railway line between Swithland Sidings and Bond Lane in Mountsorrel.

The mile and a quarter length of track has been connects with the Great Central Railway and will be used by heritage steam engines.

Below are photos showing what the area looked like before and after the track was laid.

Nunckley Curve Credit: Mountsorrel Railway Project
Nunckley Hill Credit: Mountsorrel Railway Project
West Side Wood Credit: Mountsorrel Railway Project

Mile long community railway completed in Leicestershire

Land before and after the railway was laid Credit: Mountsorrel Railway Project

It is the end of a long line of hard work for a team of volunteers in Mountsorrel in Leicestershire. They have dedicated their Saturdays for the last five years to rebuilding the old railway line between Swithland Sidings and Bond Lane in Mountsorrel.

The mile and a quarter length of track has been hand laid sleeper by sleeper by a team from all walks of life ranging from 13 to 77 years old. The track connects with the Great Central Railway and will be used by heritage steam engines.

The final sleeper will be laid today.

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