Investment in the construction sector is vital for the creation of economic growth, according to the Mineral Products Association.
The association is calling on the new government to invest in the construction sector, having reported falls in cement, gravel and mixed concrete sales in first quarter of 2010.
Sales of crushed rock increased 6% and asphalt 9% reflecting the increase in national road building and repairs following the freezing weather in the winter. However, cement sales fell 3%, gravel 6% and ready-mixed concrete by 7%.
The MPA says it also remains extremely concerned that the localisation of the planning system set out in the Conservative and Liberal Democrat manifestos has the potential to severely constrain recovery in the housing and private development markets – therefore damaging the potential for sustained economic recovery.