RMC Group, the building materials supplier, has appointed APCO UK
to provide public affairs advice on issues including its right to quarry
in environmentally sensitive areas.
RMC produce products for the construction industry, including concrete
and asphalt for road construction, and insulation materials. The company
also runs a 100-strong chain of builders merchants in the UK, as well as
almost 100 DIY superstores trading under the Great Mills name.
RMC has restored disused quarry sites into wildlife sanctuaries and
leisure facilities, such as Thorpe Park. However, the company is
currently embroiled in a battle over its rights to quarry limestone and
the mineral fluorospar in the Peak District National Park.
RMC is appealing to the environment secretary John Prescott, against the
Peak District National Park Authority’s decision to prevent it from
quarrying from Longstone Edge because of the potential environmental
Mark Adams, associate director at APCO UK, explained that the
appointment followed the Government’s current review of the planning
system and its consideration of new measures - including taxes - on the
’We stress the importance to the UK economy of a competitive mineral
extraction industry, and underline RMC’s record of environmental
protection,’ Adams said.