South Leicestershire MP, Alberto Costa, held a virtual meeting with senior representatives from
Aggregate Industries and local councillors to hear about plans to expand Croft Quarry and extend the
lifespan of the site.
Proposals put forward by Aggregate Industries to Leicestershire County Council include plans to
further extract minerals from the site and then to fill-in the quarry with inert materials such as clay,
soils, concrete and rubble.
Since Croft Quarry first opened over 130 years ago, it has been an essential anchor to the local
community and contributes about £8 million towards the local economy.
Mr Costa said, “I was most interested to hear the proposed plans for expanding the usage of the site
at Croft Quarry, and it’s eventual future as a wildlife park for residents.
“The Quarry has a rich and deep history in South Leicestershire and has been a consistent source of employment and economic benefit for some years and I am pleased to see this continuing. I know some residents have
expressed concern about the materials being used to fill the quarry, but I have received assurances
that these will be non-hazardous and of course, Leicestershire County Council will be looking at this
Kirsten Hannaford-Hill on behalf of Aggregate Industries said “Croft Quarry has a long and prominent
history and is a strategic site of importance to Aggregate Industries. As part of securing the long term
future of the Quarry the Company has sought the support of Alberto Costa regarding a current
planning application to extend the life of mineral extraction at Croft Quarry and to enable a beneficial
restoration of wetland conservation, visitor centre and improved rights of way through the importation
of restoration material via rail.
“The Company places great value in our relationship with the Community. The proposed planning
application has been designed to limit any environmental impact and to protect our neighbours and
provide long term benefits to employment, community green space, habitat creation and community
Councillor Maggie Wright has said “We have a good working relationship with Aggregate Industries
through our quarterly liaison meetings. These provide a good opportunity to voice local resident and
Mr Costa concluded, “I am pleased that the long-term plans for Croft Quarry will continue to benefit
the local community through job opportunities, supply chain opportunities and also educational
“I am working with Aggregate Industries and our excellent local Councillors to secure a
substantial community fund for the surrounding villages so that the site’s legacy can be secured
through giving back to local people by supporting community projects and infrastructure”.