Local community

Many of our larger sites operate liaison committees attended by councillors, council officers and residents’ representatives. We promote visits to our sites, particularly from universities, schools and community organisations. In addition, our three cement plants all produce community newsletters to keep residents and businesses informed about their activities and provide a conduit for further information. The percentage of sites with liaison activities was down slightly, but visitor numbers rose.

We help charities and voluntary groups in communities close to our sites and offices through the Hanson in the Community scheme. In 2017 we provided cash or materials to support over 120 organisations to the value of more than £83,000.

Our employee charity matching scheme contributed over £13,500 to 27 charities during 2017. The scheme encourages employees to raise money for charity by matching their fund-raising up to £500 and has helped raise more than £1.25 million since its introduction in 1994.

We are corporate patrons of CRASH, the construction industry charity which provides accommodation for the homeless. Last year we donated construction materials for a number of projects including resurfacing the car park at St Catherine’s Hospice in Crawley, West Sussex. We support a number of other smaller environmental and community-based organisations and charities including the Freshwater Habitats Trust and Bumblebee Conservation Trust.

Public engagement

We held four public consultations during 2017 to present proposals for developing our sites. They included extensions to Barton-under-Needwood quarry in Staffordshire and Condover quarry in Shropshire, a major upgrade for the concrete production facilities at Victoria Deep wharf on the Thames in Greenwich and a new vertical roller mill and rail loading facilities at Padeswood cement works in north Wales. These events provide an opportunity for local residents to view and comment on the proposals prior to planning applications being submitted.

Sites with liaison activity.
Community relations

2010 (baseline)




Relevant sites





Sites holding four liaison events

46 (67%)*

34 (69%)**

35 (71%)**

33 (65%)

Visitor numbers





* One event in 2010, ** 3 events in 2015, 2016

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Target: At least five community liaison events a year at every quarry by 2020.