Ronez looks to start work on new Chouet quarry site

WORK on Ronez’s new quarry at Chouet could begin in the next few weeks.

Chouet headland where Ronez will start quarrying. (Picture by Peter Frankland, 32157136)
Chouet headland where Ronez will start quarrying. (Picture by Peter Frankland, 32157136)

The company was given approval to open the quarry for extraction of stone by the Development & Planning Authority last year.

Director Steve Roussel hoped that preparatory work at the site could commence within the next month while the weather was favourable.

He said that the company had submitted new information to the DPA to satisfy some new conditions to the planning application.

These included proposals regarding the shape and size of screening mounds, planting schemes, and improvements to biodiversity and habitats around the site.

He also said that a team from Guernsey Waste had recently been on the site removing a stone wall, which explained the appearance of vehicle tracks.

Once preparatory work began, Mr Roussel estimated that it would take between three and six months for it to be completed.

‘It will involve stripping soil, buried sand and overburden from the site using excavators and trucks,’ he said.

He added that quarrying would continue to take place at the company’s current site at Les Vardes until the first quarter of next year, with processing work set to continue there for the next five years.

There would also likely be a short crossover point, with quarrying taking place at both sites towards the end of this year and into the start of next year.

A States spokesman confirmed that the green waste site at Chouet will close towards the end of the summer to make way for Ronez’s arrival.

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