According to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, the minerals giant has given £50,000 to the Tory party since David Cameron has been its leader.

And the Electoral Commission website reports that the company has donated at least £150,000 to the Conservative Party since 2008.

The sizeable donation places them in joint first place as being THE most generous donors from the construction industry, in the entire country.

Aggregate Industries has been pushing to create a huge quarry on land on the edge of Ottery St Mary.  Devon County Council proposes to allocate the site – Straitgate Farm – in its minerals plan.

The Environment Agency poured cold water over the plans a few months ago, stating that a quarry in this location would be irreversibly environmentally damaging, due to the potential destruction of an underground water course.

At meetings earlier this year some Conservative councillors on Devon County Council’s Development Management Committee, spoke up in support of the plans regardless, labelling objectors as NIMBYs.

The final decision on whether Straitgate Farm – currently a working dairy farm – is allocated in the minerals plan for a quarry, will be taken next year. 

The full story is here:  http://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/2011/09/30/the-biggest-conservative-donors-from-beyond-the-square-mile/

More information about proposals for a quarry at Straitgate Farm can be found here.
http://www.straitgateactiongroup.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/where-are-ais-priorities.html

Photograph:  Basil Herbert – one of the Straitgate objectors – presenting to DCC’s Development Management Committee, in the spring.