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23 August 2013

  • HMRC in Denial Over EU Aggregates Levy Investigation  
    BAA concerns about statements contained in HMRC Business Brief 24/13 of last week
  • (16th) are highlighted in our Press Release and in the letter to HM Treasury. We believe the only safe outcome now is for those companies with exemptions or in the case of Northern Ireland, a partial derogation [since withdrawn] is for the Aggregates Levy to be declared illegal.

16 August 2013

  • Humberside Aggregates 
    welcomed as our latest new member. They have been operating  since 1985 and have extensive excavation contracting throughout Yorkshire and own an active Sand and Gravel  quarry and processing facility 20 Km west of Hull.

02 August 2013

  • Raymond Brown Aggregates 
    Aggregates  last week  again opened the doors at its Rookery Farm Aggregate Recycling Facility to 170 children from  local schools in the Fareham area as part of  ‘National Recycling Awareness Week’. 

19 July 2013

  • Gallagher Hermitage Quarry  
    Congratulations on obtaining permission from Secretary of State Eric Pickles for a 25 year extension following a public enquiry.

05 July 2013

  • L P Pallett  
    welcomed as new members. They have a sand and gravel operation in Norfolk, and  have been established in the haulage and quarrying business since 1989 and fast approaching their 25th anniversary. They produce and  supply the finest ménage Sand.

24 June 2013

  • Record Turnout at BAA Conference 
    Nearly 100 delegates met up in Durham for a very informative and productive gathering - well reported in both Quarry Management and Mineral Planning.


10 December 2010

  • Summerleaze, Denham Quarry

    Summerleaze, Denham Quarry
    The BAA Certificate of Operating Competence was presented by the Assessment Panel Chair, Eric Darlow, at a well attended awards ceremony on site 23rd September with excellent coverage by Aggregates Business Europe magazine in the latest Nov/Dec edition. View PDF .

    Picture from left:  Steve Huckle,Mike Lowe (Operations Director), John Todd, Eric Darlow, Steve Rackley (Quarry Manager), Mick Vanstone, Wayne Hearn, Ken Pugsley, Chris Rackley.

1 September 2010

  • Glendinnings' Linhay Hill site, DevonGlendinnings' Linhay Hill site, Devon
    The BAA Certificate of Operating Competence was presented by the Assessment Panel Chair, Eric Darlow, at a well attended awards ceremony on site 21st July.  Congratulations to all the team - and an excellent coverage in this month's Quarry Management magazine.

    Picture from left: Ian Glendinning (Operations Director), Russell Davidson (H&S Manager), John Baxter(BAA), Neil Gibbs (Quarry Manager), Eric Darlow, Richard Webb (Operations Manager), Barry Wilson (Managing Director).

12 August 2010

  • Cullimores' Round House Farm, WiltshireCullimores' Round House Farm, Wiltshire
    The BAA Certificate of Operating Competence was presented by the Assessment Panel Chair, Eric Darlow, at a well attended awards ceremony on site last week (4th). Eric noted that "...the Award should be regarded as the industry's version of an Oscar." Congratulations to Roger and Moreton Cullimore and all their staff.

    Picture from left: Richard Bird (BAA); Eric Darlow; Moreton Cullimore, MD,  (4th from left); Roger Cullimore, Chair, (3rd from right);   Far right: Councillor, Nigel Carter. Centre( behind certificate), Phillip Whitman, GM. 

4 August 2010

  • John Wainwright & CoJohn Wainwright & Co - We are delighted to welcome Peter Barkwill and his team in Somerset. They have a hard rock quarry and also a coating plant. Wainwright have been supplying premium aggregates to the construction industry since 1891 and are proud to be an independent business, renowned for its innovation, environmental and ecological awareness and strong local roots and community responsibilities.
  • Asphalt Burner Services - Welcome to new associate members Teresa Lewis and the team based in Magherafelt, Londonderry, Northern Ireland who are burner and asphalt plant equipment manufacturers. They are energy and servicing engineers operating throughout the UK offering burner servicing and plant efficiency inspections.
  • SERAC UK (South East Regional Assessment Centre). Welcome also to Don Glaister and Carol Pillinger and their team from Holt Norfolk. SERAC are training and assessment providers to the mineral industry.
  • Aggregate & Quarry Association of New Zealand - Welcome to an alliance with our first overseas partnership and to their Executive Director Roger Parton.

2 July 2010

  • Accolades at Hillhead for BAA Compliance Scheme Success.

    Robert Durward (left) and Steve Cole (right)A further 3 members have been awarded this hard won and increasingly prestigious, HSE-endorsed achievement which brings to 11 the number of sites obtaining the 3-yearly renewable certificates since the scheme was launched at Hillhead and the 2007 AGM; and there are another 10 sites in the pipeline.

    Robert Durward (pictured left) received the BAA commitment certificate from HSE Chair Judith Hackett CBE at the Target Zero Event at Hillhead at which Steve Cole (pictured right) made a keynote presentation. Eric Darlow, Chair of the BAA Scheme awards panel recognised the hard work and dedication in demonstrating the required demanding and challenging standards of this independent audit system. Individual presentations will be made to Cullimore's, Glendinnings' and Summerleaze over the summer at their individual operations.

24 June 2010

  • WCL - another full member to join us and we welcome Simon Winner and his team. WCL is an established business which supplies and operates within the construction industry with a good strong reputation and is well known by all local operatives/hauliers. Suppliers of sand, decorative and recycled aggregates, they also offer muck away and landfill services, accepting inert materials including soil, brick, concrete etc suitable for inert land filling.
  • The Mineral Planning Group - join us as associate members, who provide Mineral and Waste Planning Consultancy; Geological Investigations, EIA, Hydrology/Hydrogeology, Landscape/Ecology, Noise/Dust/Vibration, Monitoring, Reserve/Resource Assessment, Policy Advice and Drilling

19 March 2010

  • Hazemag UK – Yet another New Associate Member We are delighted to welcome Tom Gregson and the well known Crusher and Quarry and Mining equipment manufacturer to our ranks. They provide bespoke crushing and recycling plant (fixed or mobile), impact crushers, sand impactors, hammer mills, roll crushers, and chain conveyors, apron and push Feeders, wobbler screens, flap gates and rotary gate valves.

9 March 2010

  • H.V.Bowen & SonsH.V.Bowen & Sons - We are delighted to welcome Haydn and Mark Bowen and their privately owned family company formed in 1907 with the Tan-Y-Foel rock quarry providing all grades of aggregates and a 10,000 tpa Ready mixed concrete plant in Welshpool, mid-Wales. They have recently expanded into the Recycling market; and also are quarry contractors,hauliers, and fuel and agricultural merchants.

  • Barr IndustrialBarr Industrial - Part of the Barr Group, a warm welcome to Bill Weir, Colin Morrow and John Mackenzie and all their team in central and southern Scotland based out of Cumnock. Barr Quarries has been supplying the construction industry with high quality materials for over 30 years and have a considerable network of strategically placed quarries and plants providing a full range of aggregates, coated materials and ready-mixed concrete. They also are large civil engineers with a Roads Contracting division; and their own fleet of modern trucks and mixers.

28 January 2010

  • Coke Turner & Co - We are delighted to welcome our latest new member and Eddie Tennant and his team of chartered mineral surveyors in Derbyshire and Scotland offering mineral estate management, rent reviews and valuation planning.

21 December 2009

  • Skye Aggregates- A warm welcome to our latest new member and to Calum Morrison and his team at their Kyleakin Quarry sand and gravel operation.

Collier Quarrying7 December 2009

  • Collier Quarrying and Recycling - We are delighted to welcome Wilma and Duncan Collier, Chris Whyte and their team as our latest full member. They have just been granted the first greenfield hard rock (Bucklyvie quarry) site in Central Scotland for over 20 years (for very high PSV dolerite stone near Mossmorran in Fife ); and also have a sand and gravel operation at Skateraw Farm near Dunbar.

27 November 2009

  • New members
  • A double bill again this week. A warm welcome to Hodge Plant Ltd and to Alistair Hodge and Mark Nicholson and their team at Duneaton Quarry, Biggar; and to a new associate member Finedoor Ltd and to James Blanchard and their team at this family business in Leeds who manufacture, service and sell quarry plant.

10 November 2009

  • Loudounhill Contracts. We are delighted to welcome yet another new member to the BAA fold and to Alister and Gavin Craig who operate a small sand and gravel operation in South Lanarkshire.

Neil Skene and team6 November 2009

  • Skene Group Quarry Awarded Site Assessment Certificate- Congratulations to Neil Skene and his team who are the latest of agrowing band of BAA members to receive this award - at a special presentation ceremony in October.
  • Photo - Production manager, David Fraser receives the certificate from Richard Bird. Devon quarry manager, Malcolm Campbell is immediately behind, along with MD Neil Skene and members of the management team.

8 October 2009

  • TSL Contractors - Yet another New BAA Member We are delighted to welcome as our latest members this thriving construction company based in Argyll & the Scottish islands, and to Audrey & Andrew Knight. They produce sand & gravel and hard rock on the Isle of Mull.

2 October 2009

  • New Associate Member – SLR Consulting We are delighted to welcome Stewart Lenton and David Sandbrook and their team from this leading consultancy providing services to the industry. They have significant experience of environmental permitting regimes and can assist with preparing permit applications and mine waste plans; and advise clients on the development of renewable energy resources and management of energy and emissions to comply with climate change and other emissions trading requirements.

11 September 2009

  • Employees with driving ambitionEmployees with driving ambition - Congratulations to the 20 drivers in BAA member Cullimore’s fleet who all received their NVQ2 qualifications in Large Goods Vehicles driving skills at an award ceremony this last week.
  • Quarry Design (Land and Minerals Consulting Ltd) - We extend a very warm welcome to our latest new associate member and to Adrian Wilkinson, Principal. They have bases in North Somerset, East Yorkshire and Northern Ireland; and offer exploration, geotechnical assessments, development plans, mineral planning, estate management and utility location.

9 July 2009

Latest members

  • We extend a very warm welcome to our latest members and to Alasdair Craigie and Vince Kirk and their team at Westhill, Aberdeenshire. The Chap Group is one of Scotland’s leading privately owned construction groups with an inspiring heritage dating back to 1976. They operate Park sand and gravel quarry at Banchory and have a Mortar/concrete plant and an inert landfill site.

Members at AGM26 June 2009

  • BAA Buxton Monday 22nd June. Group gathering of some of the members attending the AGM this week.

1 May 2009

  • Yet another new member! Henry Streeter (Sand and Ballast) Ltd We extend a very warm welcome to Nigel Barker and his team as our latest new BAA members.

  • And a Double this week… a new associate member - Dalgleish Associates Ltd. Welcome also to Karen Dalgleish and her team in Dunblane as our latest associate member offering environmental and mineral planning consultancy and geotechnical appraisals.

Team at Huntsmans Quarries24 April 2009

  • Huntsmans Quarries - We extend a very warm welcome to David Glenn and his team at Huntsmans as the latest new BAA members. Their operations include hard-rock quarrying, natural stone, recycled materials, agricultural lime and ready-mix concrete.
  • The Budget – A Lost Opportunity on the Aggregates Tax! Despite our lobbying efforts with Treasury and Ministers to withdraw the levy completely as part of the budget process and to help kick-start the construction industry not least as virtually all current construction nationally is public-purse spend. It would also have assisted in getting them off the hook with the European Court of Justice. In the end there was nothing for the industry at all!! The tax was left at £2/t effective 1st April and will be frozen at this level for 2010/2011. (Details here Chapter 7 p17 after carrier bags!)

3 April 2009

  • Green Circle Aggregates - A warm welcome as our latest BAA recruits Robert Hardy and his aggregate business in the Vale of Glamorgan with their quarrying, recycling and ready-mix concrete activities and products.

27 February 2009

  • Tennants (Elgin) Ltd – Welcome! A warm welcome to Gavin Tennant and his team as the latest in the growing trend of new BAA members. They are a small family cobble-stone business in Elgin, Moray, Scotland with an output also of crushed stone and sand and gravel - as well as a new concrete plant.

28 November 2008

  • Solids and Bulk Handling We welcome yet another new Associate member and extend a warm greeting to Neville Freedman and all his colleagues and to their range of publications.

31 October 2008

  • Volume Metric Concrete. We extend a very warm welcome to our latest associate member and to Director Jay Singh. They supply on-site mixed concrete and sand and are based in Gravesend, Kent – more details here

17 October 2008

    Raymond Brown win top business award
  • Raymond Brown win top business award. Our congratulations to Ron Isaac and Steve Cole on receiving this year’s KPMG Company of the Year at the recent Hampshire Business Awards for their Minerals and Recycling Division.

  • We extend a very warm welcome to our latest associate member United Asphalt and to Managing Director Ross Snape. They are asphalt producers based in Berkshire, suppliers of asphalt, macadam, thin surfacing and associated products – more details here.

10 October 2008

  • We extend a very warm welcome to our latest associate member Tyrone Stone and to Director Nigel Noble. They are roadstone merchants based in Stockport and are suppliers of all types of primary and secondary aggregates (recycled, sand and gravel), and mini-mix Concrete – more details here.

29 July 2008

  • A very warm welcome to our latest member and to Nicholas Johnston. They produce aggregates from the off-cuts from their dimension stone operations at Creeton and Oathill Quarries – more information on the stone here and Great Tew Estate here.

21 July 2008

  • Soil and rubble gets a recycling boost thanks to Raymond BrownSoil and rubble gets a recycling boost thanks to Raymond Brown - Hub-4 Newsletter August 19th 2008

    Raymond Brown Minerals & Recycling is contributing to Hampshire's renowned recycling initiative after clinching a new contract with Hopkins Recycling - one of Hampshire County Council's contractors.

  • Longcliffe to provide scholarships at Harper Adams - Quarry Management E-Bulletin August 20th, 2008

    HARPER Adams University College, one of the UK’s leading providers of higher education for the land-based industries, has announce a new partnership with Derbyshire-based Longcliffe Group, with the launch of two student scholarships.

    The Longcliffe and Vital Earth (a wholly owned subsidiary of Longcliffe) scholarship programmes will support countryside management and agriculture students, respectively, to the tune of £2,000 in each of their second and final years of a BSc degree programme at the Shropshire university college.

18 April 2008

  • New Associate member – Wind Direct A warm welcome to our latest member recruit and to Chris Porter and his team. Wind Direct specialise in on-site electricity generation by installing wind turbines on industrial and commercial sites, at no cost or development risk to clients. Offering Zero Carbon, Zero Risk, Zero Capital, and Low Cost Electricity.

29 February 2008

  • A warm welcome to Ralph Stubbs and his company as new associate BAA members; they specialise in the quarrying and construction industry sectors, providing SHE consultancy services and bespoke and accredited training courses – including for several of our members.

BAA members Hugh King & Co achieve SHE NVQs1 February 2008

  • BAA members Hugh King & Co achieve SHE NVQs
    Congratulations to this small family business in Ayrshire in successfully achieving their SHE awards from the EMP Awarding Body - full story and reporting here

25 January 2008

  • BAA new member – Rotherham Sand & Gravel, Scrooby Top, Doncaster. We are delighted to welcome Paul Scholey, Tom Kenyon and their team as our first full members of 2008. They run a family-owned sand and gravel operation in South Yorkshire and also a concrete plant.

Andy Price, Jon Bennett, Richard Bird (left to right)12 October 2007

  • BAA supports Camborne scheme for UK quarries. BAA backing for the Camborne QuarrySafe scheme was announced at a press conference recently along with co-sponsors WBB Minerals – this scheme is very much part of the BAA Site Audit Scheme.(see Press Release)
  • From left to right - Andy Price (WBB), Jon Bennett (CSM), Richard Bird (BAA)

  • Ruth Allington and fund-raising teamCongratulations to Associate member Ruth Allington (GWP Consultants) on her very successful recent fund-raising efforts for both Cancer Research (£1K+); and on 30th September the Great North Run (21Km, half marathon) to support the work of WaterAid. She would like to thank all BAA members who supported her.

13 April 2007

  • Not-So-Green Ministers and Not-So-Clever Ideas from the Environment Ministry! BAA have written to Environment Minister David Milliband following his remarks on BBC Radio 4's Farming Today that he didn't see restored quarries as very green! The response to the third round DEFRA consultation on Environmental Permitting proposals (EPP) can be found in Documentation..
  • Cement Market We continue to receive feedback from members of the problems they are experiencing, applications from some new members, support from many quarters and input from Cartel Damage Claims SA (CDC). Further comment continues in various new places.
  • Aggregates Tax We have also made input to the European Environment Agency report considering introducing aggregates/minerals tax across the EU. This was primarily to challenge the misrepresentation of facts by spin from Treasury and the government-owned quango WRAP. In reality aggregates output from official (AMRI) statistics for 2004 and 2005 was higher than in 2003. The recently published government-sponsored Symonds' survey of recycled aggregates in England for 2005 shows the amount recycled was little changed from 2001 and 2003 at about 46 million tonnes - so much for the myth of the tax increasing the amount recycled!!.

23 March 2007

  • Budget Blues – A bad Spring Solstice for UK Industry & SME Quarriers in particular. Budget Day brought a 22% increase on the Aggregates Levy from April 2008 assuming it gets rubber stamped by parliament – up to £1.95/t except in Northern Ireland – which is over double the inflation rate since the 2002 introduction of this environmentally damaging tax. It also brought a 25% increase on red diesel fuel duty and a 16% hike on small business tax! Overall industry will bear an extra £1.9billion tax on Treasury forecasts in 2008/2009 – to assist in the country’s further decline in the world stakes. The Chancellor also announced further cuts in infrastructure spend on roads, schools and hospitals so a double whammy on our industry. As government buys nearly 60% of aggregates this will fuel inflation, council tax bills and the spiraling London Olympics cost.

    Meanwhile muted silence over the future of the aggregates levy sustainability fund – which should in theory go up from £35M to £43M a year – and whether or not we are going to be exempt from the next stealth tax – planning gain supplement. Read our press release here.

  • BAA Launches Cement Market Investigation Many of our members who buy cement are having extreme difficulty getting hold of it, prices are going through the roof and those attempting to bring in from outside the UK haven’t been able to for a host of reasons. Our press release has been picked up in various places including front page Contract Journal.

16 March 2007

  • A warm welcome to Carol Godfrey and the team at Hippowash who are our latest Associate member and a well-known manufacturer, supplier and service company for wheel wash systems. More details on our website and theirs.

2 February 2007

  • We welcome Ian and James Cameron and their operations in Ballater, Aberdeenshire as new BAA members. Castle Plant (Deeside) Ltd are suppliers and contractors to Cairngorm National Park of all grades of sand and gravel.
  • Living With Minerals - Why Minerals Matter This CBI Minerals Group publication was launched at the Conference in London last November and is available on our website. There has been very favourable feedback - and is apparently hot reading in unfamiliar business and local authority reception areas - even some doctor and dentist surgeries. One worth putting in your own reception areas – and distributing to the "not the usual suspects".

8 December

  • Stealth taxation. Some good news in the Chancellor's pre-budget report (PBR). He seems to have listened to industry concerns and at least backed-off index-linking the ubiquitous aggregates tax. On Planning Gain-supplement (PGS) whilst the whole exercise could still be abandoned minerals may well be excluded from the scope following very active lobbying by BAA. The Barker review on Planning Reform recommends a simplification of the planning application process to ensure that decisions can be reached more quickly, and as suggested by BAA she calls for a resumption of presumption in favour, whereby a planning application will be granted unless there are strong reasons against it.

17 November

  • Aggregates Levy. BAA's appeal against the Court of First Instance (CFI) judgement in Luxembourg will be made to the European Court of Justice (ECJ). The reasons are outlined on the press release page - doc 65.

20 October

  • We welcome as new members Chris Parry (Director) and his team in the rock quarries in Anglesey, N Wales and his waste, recycling and plant hire business. More details are in the AZ Members Directory.

13 October

  • Archaeological Research Services. We warmly welcome as new associate members Clive Waddington and his team based in Bakewell, Derbyshire and Newcastle University.They are archaeological contractors offering consultancy, all archaeological fieldwork (fieldwalking, trenching, geophysics, excavation etc), interpretation and publicity. More details can be obtained from or (T) 01629 814540 or the AZ Associate Members Directory

22 September

  • Planning Gain Supplement. CBI has published its research on the potential impacts of the Government's proposals. '"The more these proposals are examined, the more pitfalls become exposed.'" The full report and executive summary can be found on The findings on page 84 and items 3 and 4 have particular relevance to minerals.Table 2 on page 88 shows that the impact on minerals is proportionately much greater than on major development sites. BAA raised the issue with CPA ahead of their meeting with Financial Secretary John Healey last week, and we have followed this up with a letter to him raising our concerns unless minerals are excluded from the proposals.

15th September

  • Aggregates Levy - CFI judgement. Whilst a disappointing decision from Luxembourg on Wednesday, it is only BAA single-minded determination that has united the industry on the issue to see this SME discrimatory and environmentally damaging tax repealed. Our press release went out on Wednesday (see 'Press Releases') and has been already picked up in various places - and we have received numerous messages of support from companies, individuals and other trade associations and bodies.
  • SAFED driver training. Middleton Aggregates driver Chris Claxton was voted driver of the month for June. Brian Nelson reports that "..I think the fact that all the training was free, my fuel figures improved by approx 6% and it also increased driver awareness cannot be all bad. I would recommend BAA members to give it a go - they have nothing to lose but could end up gaining. The contact for further info is Michael Kemp 01552682157 or mobile 07795275962 - or contact me on 07887763844 and I will explain the benefits it has given ourselves".

11 August

  • Yet another new BAA member - the fifth already this year. A very warm welcome to John Bird and Shaun Robson of Yarrows Aggregates, Beverley,Yorkshire. They have a sand and gravel operation, and bagging plant. (T) 01964 544304
  • Aggregates Tax. Precautionary Claims. Whilst most members and many non-BAA members have already taken this action it is still not too late to file claims ahead of the court judgement which is expected to be announced in the autumn.
  • Quarrying in National Parks. Further to our response to the consultation we issued our own press release.

7 July

  • We are delighted to welcome Andrew Thompson and his company as new BAA members. More details from their website

30 June

  • We are delighted to welcome yet another new associate member, MBK Motor Rewinds Ltd who are offering BAA members a discount. Contact details from

23 June

  • New Associate Member. We are delighted to welcome Heaton Planning Ltd of Keyworth, Nottingham - and Christian Smith - as new members. You will find full details of their company on

19 May

  • Aggregates Levy Precautionary Claims. We continue to get good coverage in Construction News - and you can see the most recent articles on our press page. We understand that claims are now even higher - from over 50 individual companies.

31 March

  • Aggregates levy - Precautionary Claims. Most members and many non-BAA members have taken this action. We had further good coverage for the third week in Construction News but members should however note that they can still continue to file their claims even after today. (31st March).
  • Jason Norman receiving the SAFED national driver of the month awardGood News Slot! Congratulations to Thomas Armstrong's, who were recently awarded with the SAFED national award for 'Driver of the Month' via the Aggregates Driver Development funding.The photo shows from left to right: Jason Norman SAFED national driver of the month, Ian Morrison Logistics Manager at Thomas Armstrong's, Robin Brow CEO of System Group who provided the training.
  • Planning Reform - Barker Review. The BAA response to this consultation has been sent to the Treasury and is available on our website. Whilst we welcomed the governments intention to create a strong and vibrant planning system that delivered faster, more timely and business-friendly decisions with the recent planning reforms, we have been disappointed that the current indicators are not encouraging most particularly for the supply of minerals to meet society and national needs. We believe much more streamlining is required, a return to the pre-1991 presumption in favour of development, and stronger support from elected councillors, MPs, Ministers and publicly-paid officials to planning officials and their decisions.

17 March

  • Aggregates Levy. Our Press release hit the front page of Construction News and also the comment column -
    Even the Government's central argument that it encourages the use of recycled aggregates lacks any real substance. Where reliable performance is required for structural applications there is always going to be a need for virgin aggregates, whatever subsidy is given to encourage the use of recycled materials. The only thing the tax is promoting is an evergrowing waste mountain of by-product, which is too expensive to sell. If the levy is justified, then reason is dead. It is still a little early to call the outcome from the European Court of First Instance case, but all quarry owners would do well to get down to work on their claims for a whopping tax rebate.
  • The majority of members have already signed up with Herbert Smith's along with several non-BAA members. Those who haven't yet are advised to join us.

10 February

  • Paul Wixey of Cullimores recieving his awardSAFED Local Driver of the Month. We are delighted that Paul Wixey of Cullimores won this award and was presented with a certificate and model vehicle on 2nd February. The company was also presented with a model. The pic shows attending the ceremony (left to right) Nick Rees (SAFED RHA Wiltshire tutoring course), Mike Farmer, (RHA Regional Director), Paul Wixey, Moreton Cullimore, lady SAFED tutor and Phillip Whitman (Cullimores' General Manager).
  • English Nature ALSF Event - Peter Huxtable gave a presentation at this in London on Wednesday 8 February.

3 February

  • Several members have asked for at least one item of good news each week - will rely on member input - but here is a starter...I received a telephone call from the President of Poulton Cricket Club and Parish Council (a small village in the Cotswold water park) thanking us for the ALSF contribution of some £34K from Gloucestershire CC towards completing their cricket pavilion - and that we shall be mentioned in their "Roll of honour".

13 January

  • GWP Consultants. Welcome to our latest new associate member and to Ruth Allington. They specialise in evaluation, design, delivery and management of earth and water resources projects. Full details of their services can be found on


16 December

  • Good coverage in the press. BAA views on Scottish waste proposals and EU Mine Waste Directive in MQR, and our concerns on Planning guidance in Mineral planning; and BAA dismay at the new planning stealth tax on SMEs at local level from April 2006 is covered in Contract Journal, Construction News and Mineral Planning. See Press Releases.

18 November

  • Welcome to yet another associate member - Norman Butcher and Jones and their representative Christian Kay. NBJ offer BAA members insurance cover arrangements. Further details can be found in the Member's Area under services.

11 November 2005

4 November 2005

  • Government Planning Policy. With BAA responding to both the MPS1 consultation in England and the SPPG4 in Scotland - we received a good coverage in the technical press this week over our concerns that the government do not have a clear, coherent direction and policy on aggregate and mineral extraction and that unless the politicians and decision makers give unequivocal and coherent commitment there will be more litigation and less investment!

14 October 2005

  • Time To Stand Up to Tom, Dick and Harry. BAA's Director Robert Durward has again contributed the foreward in the latest Quarries and Mines Directory published this week. A copy of this editorial is attached. (Word or PDF)

3 October 2005

  • BAA/MIRO Research Project. The report of the ALSF funded project which several BAA members participated has been published and all members will receive a CD version shortly. It is also available on the MIST website.

30 September 2005

  • Bridgend Sand and Gravel. We welcome Wilson Strachan and his company as a new member with operations in Banff.
  • EU Sunlight Directive. The EU have withdrawn some 70 draft Directives as part of the better regulation initiative. This includes the Optical Directive which BAA has been actively campaigning against as impractical, over-the-top and straight duplication!

7 September 2005

  • QNJAC. BAA have now been given a second seat on this important advisory group. Steve Cole joins Ian Glendinning (Glendinnings) as our representatives; and Graham Geddes (Geddes Group) and Paul Geaves(Middleton's) are available to deputise. The next meeting is in London on 4th October - and members with any input should contact on this occasion Steve or Paul.

2 September 2005

  • New Associate Member. We welcome Roland Gude and the KPMG Environment Team of business advisors as new BAA members.
  • Planning. BAA have responded to the proposals in England and Wales to impose monitoring fees on planning permissions. We consider these unfair to SMEs and propose that the schemes are dropped as a contribution to the government commitment to better regulation and reducing red tape. Thanks to all who have contributed to the position paper on planning problems being compiled by CPA for ODPM - current draft available for any additional comments. Phil Thacker attended a meeting this week for BAA on the planning proposals in Scotland - and more specifically on proposed Good Neighbour Agreements.
  • FleetEye Vehicle Tracking. Barrie Fox of associate member Weighsoft are offering a £50 discount on this sytem to BAA members during September. They will be on stand 578 at Recycling & Waste Management 2005 (RWM05), NEC Birmingham 13-15 September.

26 August 2005

  • Safe Driver Training - SAFED. Further to the details the other week of the ALSF scheme for companies with operator licenses in England - we now have details of their training scheme being rolled out by the Scottish Executive.

12 August 2005

  • Aggregates Levy. We have gained support from the SCDI who have written to the Chancellor, Gordon Brown. SCDI is not convinced that the Aggregates Levy is achieving its primary objectives. Research by the BAA shows that the reduction in sales of primary aggregate is due to factors such as changes in construction methods and the impact of the Landfill Tax rather than the effect of the Aggregates Levy. SCDI also notes that, as the Levy is a flat rate tax, the burden is having a disproportionately high impact in Scotland caused by the substantially lower price of aggregates in Scotland. The letter recommends that the Aggregates Levy is withdrawn as it is not meeting its objectives.

22 July 2005

  • Associate Members. We welcome two new members this week. Alistair Smith of AMS Associates, Innerleithen; and Mike Holt of Envar Ltd, Leeds. Full details available in associates' directory.
  • ALSF Funding / English Nature and Countryside Agency. Members are reminded that monies are available from this source and should be looked at as joint ventures with local community groups, your local wildlife trust - or even other groups like RSPB. The next calls close respectively on 15th August and 17th November.

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