Aggregates are used to build and maintain our houses, offices, roads, schools and hospitals. They provide a firm foundation for our railways, are used to construct factories, warehouses and shops, and can protect us against flooding.
They are essential materials for the construction industry, an important sector of the economy. Without them the many infrastructure projects, that bring huge benefits to the country, could not be built.
The growth of a modern economy is likely to be directly linked to the quality of its infrastructure. The construction industry is an essential component of this infrastructure provision and aggregates are a vital raw material for this industry.
Therefore an adequate and reliable supply of aggregates is essential.
1.8 million people live in Dorset and Hampshire, which equates to 6.8 million tonnes of aggregates required each year. Purple Haze would provide 3% of this aggregate requirement.