Pushed to the edge by quarry plans

Anthony Lee standing where the boundary will be if planning permission is granted for the quary in Rastrick
Anthony Lee standing where the boundary will be if planning permission is granted for the quary in Rastrick

ANXIOUS residents are objecting to an extension of Elland Edge Quarry which, they say, will come perilously close to their homes.

Rand and Asquith Ltd, owner of the site on Lower Edge Road, Rastrick, wants to extract 230,000 tonnes of Elland Flag Sandstone from the unused land that adjoins the quarry.

Residents have concerns if the latest plans are accepted is it will lead to more dust, noise and traffic nuisance.

Anthony Lee, of Lower Edge Road where the quarry will be excavated metres away from his back garden, said the proposed two-and-a-half metre mound and fence designed to shield the quarry would not be sufficient.

“The increase in dust, noise and mud on the roads is going to get even worse than it already is,” he said.

“Many of us bought land to extend our gardens so there is a real community spirit. We spent a lot on them and we use them a lot.

“However, this is going to be wrecked as we won’t be able to use them because of the dust.

“It’s also going to be extremely dangerous for children playing so close to a place where there is a 100 foot drop. Not enough people are aware of these plans.”

Rand and Asquith Ltd said the extension would safeguard jobs for the delvers and flag dressing workforce.

The company intends to keep the same level of equipment currently used to remove the stone in six phases and keep restrictions on the amount of material leaving the site, hours of operations and working depth.

The public have until February 18 to make a comment on the proposal by contacting Planning and Regeneration, Northgate House, Northgate, Halifax, HX1 1UN, quoting reference number 10/01586/MIN.