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Not bad A Thourough and thoughtful piece of work Rural Economic Development SHOULD THE HARRIS SUPERQUARRY GO AHEAD Kenneth Mercer BSc Rural Resources III 16th December 1994 CONTENTS TABLE OF FIGURES I 1 SUMMARY 1 2 INTRODUCTION 1 FIGURE 1 LOCATION OF THE SUPERQUARRY 2 3 THE ISSUES SURROUNDING THE DEBATE 3 31 History 3 32 The reasons for the selection of Lingerbay 4 33 The need for economic development 4 34 Other incentives 5 35 The environmental concerns 5 36 Making the quarry more palatable 6 4 CONCLUSIONS 6 41 The case for development 6 42 The case against development 6 43 The probable outcome 6 44 A suitable compromise 6 REFERENCES 7 TABLE OF FIGURES FIGURE 1 LOCATION OF THE SUPERQUARRY 3 1 1 SUMMARY There is considerable environmental opposition to the development of the Harris superquarry This is unlikely to stop the development on its own but if the Scottish Office decides that the project can go ahead environmental restrictions are likely to be imposed on the operation to minimise as far as possible the impact The reasons for the development centre round the need for economic development to bring jobs and prosperity to this remote area The life of the quarry is expected to be around 60 years and provide an initial 30 jobs rising to 80 as the quarry reaches peak production The question is if a superquarry is the best solution to the problems of a remote rural area What will happen when the jobs come to an end and would another form of investment not be more
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