UK’s largest granite quarry hosts visit by newly elected Member of Parliament for Loughborough
TARMAC welcomed new Loughborough MP Jane Hunt to Mountsorrel Quarry on Friday 28 February. As one of Mountsorrel’s largest and most significant employers, the quarry was high on Ms Hunt’s list of local sites to visit.
‘It was absolutely fascinating to take a tour of one of the best-known local employers in this part of the county,’ she commented. ‘Watching huge slabs of pink granite being turned in to different sizes of building materials – including rail ballast – was a real eye-opener.
‘I didn’t realize just how many people are based at the quarry – or the extent of the significant contribution the site makes to the local economy.’
Mountsorrel director Alastair Meyers and Tarmac’s strategic planning and performance manager, Lisa Pickford, escorted Ms Hunt and her team around the site.
Mr Meyers said: ‘While we directly employ 150 people at the quarry, many of whom live within a five-mile radius of the site, a further 230 jobs are directly dependent on the quarry.
‘I am extremely proud of all our team here who are passionate, not just about their work, but also about their contribution to the local economy, national strategic objectives and local community projects.’
Ms Pickford added: ‘We were delighted to welcome Jane to Mountsorrel Quarry, recognizably the largest granite quarry in the UK.
‘We are very proud of our site and our teams, who make a significant contribution towards sustainability by moving volumes of vitally needed aggregate off the road and on to the railway tracks.’
Jane Hunt was elected to Parliament in December 2019, replacing long-serving local MP Nicky Morgan.