The latest UK Saint Index survey carried out by The Saint Consulting Group found that quarries reach a new all time low, for the first time beating casinos and power stations as most hated form of development.
The Saint Index asks whether the public supports or opposes development across a wide range of industries. This produces a NIMBY Hate List Download Chart14_2009_v3 that ranks the projects most opposed and a NIMBY Approval Rating Download Chart15_2009_v3 that produces a net finding of support or opposition.
The aggregates industry dropped from -61% in 2008 to -80% this year, leading all other property sectors by six percentage points as the most opposed type of land use.
The deterioration comes despite efforts by the industry to make the link in public perceptions between quarries and the various projects and roads they build.
The older the age group, the more against quarries people tend to be, and social class and voting intention has no major bearing on the level of hostility.
Quarries are most opposed in Eastern (91%) and South East (90%) England, but can hardly celebrate in West Midlands where only 75% oppose them.
For full results from the UK Saint Index, see March 9 post on The Saint Report.