Stanton Hillside must be protected for future generations

Info sheet from Stanton Lees Action Group


One of the most sensitive sites in the National Park is at risk The quarries are within 10 metres of the scheduled ancient monument of Stanton Moor, including the Nine Ladies Stone Circle. These 'at risk' sites attract over 40,000 visitors a year.

Allowing quarrying so close to these sites will have a severely detrimental effect: noise, dust and landscape damage will all be obvious.

Public (National Park) footpaths will be diverted round the quarry workings and along public roads.

The scale of the quarries will cause severe environmental damage The site will cover over 32 acres and be quarried to a depth of nearly 300 feet.

50% of the trees in the woodland will be lost and 80% of wildlife habitats will be destroyed in the lower quarry, Endcliffe.

The amount of stone Stancliffe propose to take out is up by 50% on their original application in 1999 from 2.1 million tonnes to 3.28 million tonnes

Quarry traffic will be a major hazard to other road users Stancliffe has applied for 60 lorry movements a day carrying dimensional stone and a further 100 movements of crushed stone that is one lorry every four minutes in an eleven hour day. Dumper trucks will also use the roads to move 'spoil' between the two sites, adding up to a further 8 lorry movements per hour.

The roads on Stanton Moor are wholly unsuited to traffic of this size or quantity: they are narrow, mostly single track and steep a 1:4 gradient in places. Traffic on this scale, especially through the villages, is a danger that poses hazards to visitors and residents alike.

The quarries cannot be worked in a way that meets modern working conditions The site is within 50 metres of the nearest property and cannot be worked in a way that is acceptable under modern working conditions.

Noise and dust will be a serious problem for local residents, seven days a week with the exception of Christmas Day and Easter Day. Proposed working times are from 6am to 7pm on weekdays, 6am to 1pm on Saturdays, and 10am to 4pm on Sundays (for maintenance).

It is proposed to work both the quarries together and at the same time as the Company's existing quarry a few hundred yards away the cumulative impact of the noise and dust generated by all three quarries will be severe.

The proposals run counter to the 1952 consent The proposals contravene some of the conditions of the 1952 consent, especially regarding the disposal of spoil. Applying the 1952 conditions would restrict the amount of recoverable stone compared with the current submission. An independent report commissioned by SLAG and CPRE (copies at the Peak Park) showed that applying the 1952 conditions would limit the amount of stone to about 650,000 tonnes.

It concluded that the application of full modern working conditions as well as the 1952 conditions would so restrict the level of output as to make the operation non-viable!

The local water supply may be lost or become unusable Local houses are not on mains water their only supply is a spring. There are concerns about the impact that quarrying to a depth of nearly 300 feet will have on this supply especially as Stancliffe has failed to locate its source.
There is a serious danger of landslip The area is on a geological fault line and is at risk from landslip.

Quarrying on the scale proposed could have an impact on the stability of the area.


Stanton Lees Action Group, March 2004

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