Quarry plan approved

PLANS to extend a quarry that will come within a matter of yards from the back gardens of houses has been approved by councillors.

Proposals for an extension to Elland Edge Quarries based on Lower Edge Road, Rastrick, was given approval at Calderdale Council’s planning committee.

Officers recommendations for the site were to permit the proposals after research and tests on the effects of stone dust to human health and noise measurements when the quarry is in operation were carried out after the initial plans went to the committee in June.

Speaking on behalf of the residents at the meeting, Anthony Lee, whose home will be affected by the extension, said that the noise levels were not a true reflection of what it would be like when the quarry work starts close to residents’ properties.

“In the report it says that the noise levels were below those of a moderate nuisance but we don’t know what this equates to.

“Dust levels can also cause problems. We are unable to open windows and the dust clings to our clothes.

“Digging further into the ground could create more dust problems and result in health problems for residents.”

There were also complaints made about the amount of mud on the road.

Rastrick Ward Councillor Christine Beal said the extension would affect a lot more people and not just those who live adjacent to the quarry.

“With the planned developments of the supermarket in Elland, traffic levels are going to increase along the road.

“There are also fears that more trucks will be travelling to Hipperholme so this will affect more parts of Rastrick and Brighouse.”

Environmental Health officers explained in the report that the noise levels did not exceed legal levels but conditions of the working hours had been put in place. They also said the dust levels were acceptable and that there was no evidence that they could affect the public’s health.

Agents speaking on behalf of applicants Rand and Asquith said that the dust problems only became apparent when there had a been a spell of serious dry weather.

They also stated that the barriers that will be created to shield the quarry extension would block out the majority of the noise once they start quarrying further into the ground.

There are also plans for a drainage system to be installed close to the access of the quarry to limit the amount of mud being deposited onto the road.

Members of the planning committee said it was never easy when an application regarding quarries came up and could understand the concerns of the residents.

However, with the evidence contained in the reports that had been carried out and that given verbally it could not find any grounds on which to refuse the application.