THE operators of Redbridge Road Quarry near Crossways are asking for permission to extend its use by about 18 months until the end of June 2020.

The site, which used to be known as Moreton Pit, is dug mainly for sand, most of which is used locally in building trade in the Dorchester and Weymouth area.

Digging has been going on at the pit since it was granted permission in 1949 although production now is down to between 10,000 and 25,000 tonnes a year.

Operations to dig were due to end in December 2018 but the operators, G Crook and Sons Ltd, say there is enough marketable sand left to continue work until the end of June 2020.

In their application to Dorset Council the company say that the progressive restoration of the site is continuing in phases, as agreed, and they see no need to change the proposed ending of the restoration work from December 2020.

Comment about the application can be made on the council's website, by post to the Head of Planning, Environment and the Economy, Dorset Council, County Hall, Dorchester DT1 1XJ or by email to