This is an archived press release
Friday 9 December 2005
9 December 2005
"Need for action against Backdale quarry paramount" says Peak District National Park Authority
Today the Peak District National Park Authority signalled its clear intention to take further action to address the on-going destruction of Longstone Edge, caused by what the Authority believes to be the mass unlawful extraction of limestone.
Following top-level talks yesterday (8 December) between the Peak District National Park Authority and Government Minister Jim Knight MP, the Authority's members met today to discuss what more could be done.
The Authority is now close to determining what action it can take prior to the reopening of a delayed public inquiry into operations at the site - due to reconvene next April.
Behind the scenes the Authority has been working urgently to gather together the final pieces of the legal and financial jigsaw that will enable it to launch the strongest possible action.
Authority chair Tony Hams said: "Different courses of action raise environmental, financial and legal issues, which could be significant if the courts decide in favour of the quarry operator, MMC Ltd.
"Over the coming weeks the Authority will complete its detailed analysis of the financial implications. Members will meet again on 13 January to decide what action to take."
The Authority is seeking support from the Government to help bear the risks, and will continue to press the Government to make clear its position prior to the January Authority meeting.
Tony Hams added: "Early in the New Year, as soon as the time is right to make a public announcement, we will organise a meeting in the local community to detail the action we will be taking."