Geography Rocks!

Y10 GCSE students investigated the impacts of quarrying, by going to a public enquiry!

Billown Lime Quarries Ltd, a member of the Colas group, have provided SNHS Geography department with a set of resources to teach about how to make quarrying sustainable, and the importance of resource extraction on the Isle of Man. The students each represented a character who would have an opinion about extending Billown Quarry, ranging from farmers, villagers, HGV drivers, the Steam Packet, Manx National Heritage and Manx Wildlife, as well as Colas and the quarry workers themselves.

Adam, Nialls and Michael were excellent as the public enquiry panel who had to make tough decisions to find a suitable compromise.

The public enquiry panel- keeping the meeting under control

Based on a real public enquiry that happened in 2004, the students have certainly gained a good insight into different interest groups, and will have learnt a local case study they can use as evidence in their exams.

The Colas Ltd team

Representatives from the HGV/ haulage companies and the island’s farmers ready to put their opinion forwards

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