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A councillor is hoping to resume talks with a local business owner over proposals to transform former quarried land near Arnold into a habitat for wildlife.

Gedling Borough councillor Henry Wheeler, who represents Coppice Ward, has been in contact with Ibstock Brick, who owns and operates the Dorket Head quarry site about allowing the land to be given back to nature – something that is wanted by the local community.

The fields adjoin the Hobbucks area and Killisick Fields and Cllr Wheeler says they are currently rejuvenating into a green space.  

Some of the land is fenced off woodland and the rest forms part of the clay extraction sites.

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Cllr Wheeler told Gedling Eye: “Ibstock Brick have said they are more than happy for a meeting to take place, as it provides a super link with the community.  

“The meeting will re-establish links with Ibstock Brick and the community by re-establishing the Dorket Head Liaison Committee.  This committee stopped meeting during the Covid 19 pandemic

“The meetings will provide an excellent opportunity for the future by ensuring that fields owned by Ibstock Brick are returned to nature, adequate public access is provided and also we can look at how the fields that have been quarried can provide new opportunities for establishing important wildlife habitats and conservation.  A potential future link to the Hobbucks Local Nature Reserve could also be established.”

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