This is an archived press release
Thursday 26 January 2006
26 January 2006
Stop notice served on Peak District quarry
A stop notice has been served on Peak District quarry operators, forcing them to cease the mass extraction of limestone on Longstone Edge by Sunday January 29.
The Peak District National Park Authority’s stop notice was delivered to Backdale Quarry operators MMC Mineral Processing Ltd and landowners Bleaklow Industries on Wednesday (Jan 25).
They have until Sunday to comply with the notice – failure to do so would be a criminal offence.
The National Park Authority’s planning committee last week resolved to serve the stop notice following escalation of the quarrying activities which are causing irreversible harm to the landscape.
The Authority’s action has received financial backing from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), and rural affairs minister Jim Knight will see the Backdale area for himself next week as part of a general visit to the Peak District National Park, when he will also meet community representatives.
The Authority is to hold a public meeting on Monday night (Jan 30) at 7.30pm at Cliff College, Calver, to keep residents, environmental groups and other interested parties informed of developments.
Even though the stop notice has been served, the companies will still be able to carry on extracting vein minerals (mainly fluorspar) and limestone, from a small area of the site. Their 1952 planning permission only allows them to take out limestone in the course of working vein minerals. The Authority contends they are taking out far more limestone than allowed, with significant impact on the landscape and amenities of the area.
Preparations are still going ahead for the resumption in April of a public inquiry into the legal standing of an enforcement notice served by the Authority in 2004.