The two local MPs Henry Bellingham and Elizabeth Truss recently visited Sibelco’s Leziate site for a tour of their sand operations and production facilities. They were also accompanied by local County Councillor Graham Middleton, as seen in the attached photograph; the tour was also attended by two Borough Councillors and representatives of Shouldham and Marham Parish Councils plus local residents.
In the morning Elizabeth Truss had the opportunity to visit Sibelco’s proposed new quarry at Shouldham which is in her constituency. This is at its very early stage of planning, and will have to be subject to a great deal more consultation before it goes any further.
The idea behind the visit to the quarry at Leziate was for everyone to see the sand extraction operations taking place, to receive a full briefing on how the quarries are restored post extraction and to learn about the sand coating procedures in the production plant. The tour was led by Senior Executives from Sibelco including Mike Hurley, Senior Director in charge of sites and planning.
Henry said it would not be appropriate for him to comment on a proposed quarry operation at Shouldham, but he is indeed a regular visitor to Sibelco who are a very long established business in the constituency with a truly outstanding reputation.
Commenting Henry said: “We are certainly incredibly fortunate to have a world class business here in West Norfolk who are quarrying and adding value to the sand that is used in a very large percentage of the bottles and glasses made here in the UK.”