Those who like to go walking
in the South Downs National Park are being invited to join a campaign against a proposed new quarry in the area.
The Campaign for National Parks is objecting to a plan to situate a sand quarry at Horncroft in West Sussex, which would be operational for 20 years and see 1.5 million tonnes of material being extracted.
It is asking for donations to its campaign and the body's president Ben Fogle has backed the opposition in his blog for the Daily Telegraph, commenting it was a "sobering thought" that such a quarry may be dug less than a year after the area became a national park.
He stated: "I hope, for the sake of the flora and fauna of this majestic landscape, that this whole area remains undisturbed."
National Park status may help make the development less likely to be passed, as was the case with a recent proposal to re-start production at the Cononish Gold Mine in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.
The scheme was rejected by the park authority on conservation, access and economic grounds.
Posted by Elaine Arthur