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Fayed to challenge Surrey quarry ruling

Mohamed al Fayed has vowed to take Surrey County Council to court if plans to extend a sand quarry on greenbelt land are successful.

Al Fayed warned he would “take them to hell” if the quarry near his family home in Oxted, Surrey, is used for mineral extraction.

The plans would not only “destroy” English countryside but would also put strain on small country roads as heavy lorries go to and from the site, said the former Harrods owner.

The chairman of Fulham Football Club – who has lived near the proposed site for 40 years – claimed the council failed to consult local residents properly about the plans.

He said that if the council is successful he will take it to court.

“I will take them to hell,” he said.

“I can’t understand how people can be in charge if they create devastation, pollution everywhere and dangers for the community. It is not acceptable.

“I am not going to let them get away with that.”

Al Fayed, who attended the Oxted Sandpit Mineral Plans hearing at council offices in Kingston upon Thames, said: “I’m here today with so many of my neighbours to fight a battle that must be won against Surrey County Council and its plan to destroy large parts of the English countryside by allowing excessive and unnecessary quarrying.”

Al Fayed said another quarry nearby is already putting strain on the narrow country routes.

He said he feared for schoolchildren, cyclists and horseriders taking to the roads with 32t HGVs “thundering” by.

“Hundreds of children and young mothers are forced to live with these lorries and, if they dare to walk anywhere, they take their lives in their hands,” he said.

“It is only a matter of time before there is a terrible accident.”

He continued: “So I am standing up with the community and the villagers of Surrey to say ‘No’.

“We have had enough and we will not have our lives and environment blighted like this.”

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