Angry residents fail in bid to stop quarry work
Jan 17 2009 by nick lavigueur, Hudd Sat
ANGRY residents have failed in a four-year-battle to block moves to fill in an abandoned Brockholes quarry.
Backed by councillors Andrew Cooper and David Woodhead, almost 100 people had protested against the bid to fill in the old Hall Ing Quarry site between Thurstonland, Farnley Tyas and Brockholes.
Proposals to landscape the former quarry next to Runlet End Wood, have been thrown out three times before, twice on highways grounds, but were finally given the green light by the Kirklees Council planning committee shortly before Christmas.
The applicants intend to fill the excavated site, designated as Green Belt, with building rubble and return it to agricultural use but it is not clear what the six-month project is worth.
The committee meeting on December 18 at Huddersfield Town Hall saw a heated debate with Susan Carter from the Campaign For Rural England describing the plan as “little short of vandalism”.
‘The quarry site has gone back to nature’
Residents say the narrow roads and tiny villages can not cope with the large wagons or the construction noise.
Green Party member for Newsome, Clr Andrew Cooper, said the plan should have been thrown out and vowed to keep tabs on the project.
He said: “The quarry has gone back to nature, it’s not unsightly in any shape or form, so there’s no need to actually fill it in.
“My concern is the safety on the roads and the impact on the environment. Residents are concerned about lorries going on the narrow roads and roads without pavements.
“The lorries are not allowed to go by schools and have to stick to certain routes and times so I will be keeping an eye on it.”
But Clr Molly Walton said she thought objectors had “over egged the pudding” in regards to the disruption to schools from passing lorries and reacted angrily to suggestions that the quarry in her ward should take the rubble.
She said: “You want to come to Crosland Moor to see what it’s like for our schools. Your quarry will only take six months while our quarry will take until 2020.”
But applicant, David Turner, said the site had been blighted by fly-tipping and was more than ¾ of a mile from the nearest school.
A Kirklees Highways spokesman admitted the roads around the site were poor but said the applicant’s plans to upgrade lay-bys and create new passing places made the project viable.
A 50m access road and turning point will be built to the east of the void to give access to the site via Hall Ing Lane and no more than eight HGVs should visit the site per day.