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CEMEX to appeal quarry permit decision

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CEMEX is to appeal a decision by the Scottish government not to allow it to limit its operations at the Hyndford quarry. In December, the Scottish government approved working in the southern areas only, barring CEMEX from working in the so-called western extension area.

According to a CEMEX statement, the decision was contrary to the Scottish ministers own reporters’ finding and, following legal advice, the company has concluded that there are grounds for a legal challenge to the decision on the basis that the minister’s reasons for not granting permissions “are inadequate”.

The quarry, which has been operating for 50 years, is a supplier of high-quality sand and gravel aggregates to the construction industry, supplying local housing and infrastructure development in the Lanark area in Scotland’s Central Belt.

“In order to continue this vital supply, it is essential that we can use materials from both the proposed extension areas to the south and west of the existing quarry,” said Robert Marsden, CEMEX Development Officer for Scotland.

In 2012, CEMEX applied to extend the quarry to the south and west of the existing site. In February 2015, two independent reporters for the Scottish government recommended the proposed extension was approved in its entirety, saying there were “no material considerations which would justify refusal”.

CEMEX employs 13 people at Hyndford and 150 throughout Scotland, investing over £30 million in the Scottish economy over the past decade. Across the UK, the company employs 3000 people across 450 sites, providing aggregates, cement, ready-mixed concrete and rail sleepers, with annual sales of around £1 billion.

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