Dorset

Dorset mineral quarrying plans go on show

Future plans for quarrying in Dorset will be on show at a series of exhibitions over the next two weeks.

Residents can also give feedback on the county council's plans for the extraction of stone, gravel, sand, ball clay and other minerals.

It is holding roadshows at locations close to where mineral resources exist.

The Minerals Core Strategy aims to ensure adequate and steady supplies of minerals can be quarried efficiently and in environmentally acceptable ways.

The roadshows are aimed at helping people to find out more about the strategy for future quarrying, how it affects where they live and giving them the chance to talk to officers involved.

Robert Gould, cabinet member for environment, said: "We are all affected by the way these materials are sourced and used, so it's important that as many people as possible have their say."

One of Britain's most famous building stone materials is quarried in mines on Portland.

White-grey Portland stone was used in the building of St Paul's Cathedral and Buckingham Palace and is also exported to many other countries.

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