Launch Of UK Minerals Strategy At ‘Living With Minerals 6’

Living with Minerals 6’ (LWM6), took place on Tuesday 10 July at Church House, Westminster.

With the theme ‘Securing Minerals for the Next Generation and the UK Minerals Strategy’, and hosted by Science and Technology Presenter, Angela Lamont, it attracted a packed audience of 160 high level delegates from over 90 companies and valued stakeholders.

The UK Minerals Strategy ‘Meeting the demand for minerals and mineral products sustainably for the next 25 years’ was launched at the conference by Niall Mackenzie, Director of Infrastructure and Materials on behalf of Richard Harrington MP, Minister at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Mark Pawsey MP, member of the BEIS Select Committee and Ruth George MP, member of All Party Parliamentary Mining & Quarrying Group, also supported the launch.

Andrew Bloodworth, Science Director at the British Geological Survey, Jeremy Wrathall, CEO of Cornish Lithium, Gareth Edmunds, External Affairs Director at Sirius Minerals and Owen Mihalop, COO Strongbow Exploration incl South Crofty Tin provided insights into UK mineral wealth and current new developments.

Mark North, Director of Planning at MPA, Lonek Wojtulewicz, Head of Planning, Historic and Natural Environment at Leicestershire County Council and of the Planning Officers’ Society, John Cowley, Independent Consultant and CBI Minerals Group, and Andy Tickle from the Campaign to Protect Rural England and the UK Minerals Forum, discussed the future of UK mineral planning.

Dr. Ian Selby, Director of Sustainable Geoscience at Plymouth University and the UK Minerals Forum, Nigel Symes, Head of Business Advice at the RSPB, Carolyn Williams, Group Leader Minerals & Waste at Urban Vision and Mark Russell, Executive Director of Planning at MPA discussed the challenges we all face with regard to supply and demand for sand amongst other mineral resources.