Community Liaison

The village of Southam has been associated with quarrying since the early 1800s when the quality of its blue lias limestone was recognised, first for making agricultural lime and then for cement. It was in the 1840s that a cement works was built, becoming an important part of the local community for 150 years and providing jobs for several generations of local people.

The cement plant eventually closed in 1999 and a major demolition programme has seen redundant manufacturing buildings removed. Plans are now being considered for the long term use of the site. The quarrying operation resumed in 2003 as a means of supplying raw materials by road to our Rugby plant. It was two years later that the site was taken over by CEMEX when it first came to the UK and acquired RMC.

While part of the old quarry is still in productive use, an area has already been restored in stages over the past 50 years using cement kiln dust from Rugby. That work continued in 2011-12 following a new planning permission which allowed the landfilling of inert material being transferred from the old Parkfield Road quarry in Rugby. More on that project here.

Other areas have regenerated naturally and are home to a legion of wildlife. Butterflies – including some now rare species – thrive on the quarry vegetation and are the subject of a project designed to create further flower-rich grassland. You can read more on that project here.

In April 2010, we announced plans for the extension of the quarry into an area known as Spiers Farm as a means of ensuring high quality raw material for cement making. You can read more about that project and about our overall restoration plans here.


Contact Information

To make a comment or for further information please contact Mark Kelly at planninggb@cemex.com.


Issues

Proposed housing development - Stockton

December 2013: Following a presentation to the Parish Council on Monday, November 18th,  a public display of the proposals for two housing developments either side of the Napton Road was held on December 9th in the Village Hall. The display is available here for residents to view and comments can also be made to us via this website. Over 70 people attended the display and a number of people submitted comments forms - a copy of which is also available here.

Your comments and any issues that may concern you are of importance to us and will allow us to review the proposals prior to any submission to Stratford Council.
Please use the feedback form below or send your comments via this website.

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Proposed housing development - Long Itchington

December 2013: Following a presentation to the Parish Council on Wednesday, 4th, a public display of the proposals for a housing development opposite the school and Community Centre was held on December 5th.The display is available here for residents to view and comments can also be made to us via the site.Over 70 people attended the display and a number of people submitted comments forms - a copy of which is also available here.

Your comments and any issues that may concern you are of importance to us and will allow us to review the proposals prior to any submission to Stratford Council. Please use the feedback form below or send your comments via this website.

> view display

> feedback form


Giving butterflies a lift
December 2012: Southam quarry is playing a key role in a project that is enabling threatened byyerfly species to flourish after decades of decline. > more


Restoration through landfill
June 2012: We have restored part of Southam quarry using material from the old Parkfield Road quarry in Rugby which has itself become a nature reserve. > more


Quarry development
In April 2010, we began consulting the local community about our need to further extend Southam Quarry. > more


Community liaison
Updated July 2012: Liaison between CEMEX UK and the local community at Southam is led by a local liaison committee. You can find out who sits on the committee and view the minutes here.
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Fuel plant
December 2009: Our plans for a plant to process local waste into a sustainable fuel for cement making will now go ahead in Rugby rather than at Southam. > more

Can we help?
The Southam and Rugby area has featured strongly amongst more than £2.25m worth of community donations from CEMEX-related sources over the past three years. > more