A TEAM of campaigners working to stop the building of a quarry near Kidderminster will host a live music fundraiser.

Cookley Reunited, in association with Lea Castle Farm Quarry Action Group, are inviting music fans to their Gig Don't Gig event on Saturday, October 5 at Cookley Village Hall.

The fundraising evening will feature music from local performer Billy Davies and the mighty band Maine Street, who will serenade guests in support of the campaign to stop a proposed sand and mineral quarry.

All proceeds from the event will go towards the campaign.

NRS Aggregates Ltd is looking to occupy around 45 hectares of land between Cookley and Wolverley, which would extract 300,000 tonnes of sand and gravel per year before restoring the land once each stage of the operation is complete.

Applicants say materials from the quarry will supply aggregates to maintain local roads and build new housing, but residents are concerned about the effect it will have on green belt land, as well as the increase in traffic and the impact dust pollution and noise could have on local schools and businesses.

An online petition against the plans has been launched, which now has over 2100 signatures, and more than 100 residents marched through the village of Cookley in protest against the proposal in June.

Campaigners have also been selling wrist bands and have revamped their website noquarry.co.uk

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Advance tickets for the concert cost £5 and can be purchased from Cookley Village Hall and The Farmers Den.

Previously, Ian Pearson, Estates Manager for NRS Aggregates, said: “Our proposals would help deliver the sand and gravel needed to build infrastructure for the county.

"These materials are in short supply in Worcestershire, which is why the site has been allocated Preferred Status by the Council in the draft Minerals Plan.

"We would have to meet stringent conditions that are set and monitored by the Council and the Environment Agency.