What are the facts? Stanton Moor quarry proposals examined
REFERENCE TO PUBLIC CONSULTATION FACT SHEET ISSUED BY STANCLIFFE STONE CO, LTD. DATED 6TH AND 7TH OF FEB 2004 .
The following anomalies should be noted - between the 'fact sheet' and the detailed environmental statement submitted in Decembe 2003. Quotes in italics are from the 'fact sheet'.
The quarrying activity will be within a circle of trees and vegetation providing a natural screening. This is to be enhanced by tree planting and sensitive phased working and restoration.
Approx. 50% of woodland within Lees Cross would be lost and 80% of habitats within Endcliffe would be lost.
(Ref. Part B (ii) Page 10).
"Effective screening" will consist of whips, 1.8 metre feathered trees and some 4 metre standard trees
Endcliffe is an exposed site, visible by anyone walking or driving along Lees Road, walking on the Public Footpaths and from across the valley. Realistically, how long will it take the above said planting to conceal the quarry workings? And, given the extent of quarrying to take place, the above percentages of losses are extremely conservative.
Studies have shown that there is nothing of archaeological value within the quarry site and that there will be no physical effect on The Nine Ladies.
How can archaeological finds be known before they are uncovered? Would the operators admit to any being found, once operations had begun? The Scheduled Ancient Monument IS Stanton Moor, and quarrying will take place within a few metres of its boundary. The effect on the Nine Ladies can be physical, the noise and vibrations would destroy this sensitive and aesthetic site.
Noise will be well within reasonable limits as set by Mineral Planning Guidance.
Current noise levels at Westmorland are 35 dB, "but are predicted at 57dB", during construction of bunds (mounds ) "for up to 8 weeks per year", and will be 43 dB minimum for the first 15 years. The use of gunpowder and high explosives are not taken into the calculations, both of which will be used due to the size and type of blocks being extracted.
(Ref. Part A. C. Page 19).
The type of quarrying proposed (block stone), natural screening ... mean dust levels will be minimal.
What about the mobile crushing and screening units, moving spoil from one point to another, the building and demolishing of mounds and the dumping of off cuts and quarry waste?
(Ref. Part A. C. Page 19, 20).
The potential for dust from these activities is very high.
Expert study shows local water supply and water table will be unaffected.
No one knows the water's source, so how can they know the supply will be unaffected?
Thorough study shows no roosting bats or resident badgers...
Studies have not been pursued through all seasons, especially late spring, as requested by the Peak Park in 1999.
Quarry will operate under 'Phased working' ... means only small area worked on at any one time.
All 3 sites (Lees Cross North, Lees Cross South and Endcliffe), will be accessible as required for EXTRACTION and BACK FILLING throughout all 3 phases until 2042, plus 2 years more for further restoration.
(Ref. Part A.C. Page 14).
We work the stone using primarily hydraulic extraction...
Blasting, using gunpowder, will be used to dislodge some blocks, plus 2 kg. or more of high explosive for larger blocks.
(Ref. Part A. C. Page 19)
Will continue operating road vehicles at same levels as Dale View... will maintain policy of employing 'one way system' to avoid congestion.
There will be a 30% increase in traffic, as the proposed removal of stone is greater in volume. A "one way system" will not be possible in and out of Endcliffe and Lees Cross Quarries. It will be two way between the quarry entrances and the junction of Lees Road and Pillough Road, plus 8 movements an hour of dumper trucks between the 2 quarry sites, across Lees Road, thus creating frightening hazards for all other road users.
(Ref. Part B (ii) UV 7.5 Page 8).
The references, noted above, are all taken from The Environmental Statement submitted to the Peak Park 12th Dec. 2003.
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