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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.