Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Need your help, urgently

Isn't this beautiful? It's Wensley, near Darley Bridge, in the Peak District National Park.

However, it could end up like this:

This is open cast mining at Birchover, and a company called Glebe Mining want to extend an old quarry in order to do open cast mining in Wensley, in other words, turning the top view into something like the bottom one.

For those of you who don't know, National Parks were set up to protect areas of outstanding natural beauty, and the Peak District was the first one, established in 1951. Unlike in America, where National Parks are pretty remote and unpopulated, National Parks in the UK have people living and working in them, and in North Derbyshire, there has always been quarrying around the edges of the Park. However, this development would dig a massive hole in a totally unspoilt, beautiful valley between Matlock and Bakewell, just down the road from Chatsworth Park. The quarry would be a visible eyesore to the many visitors who come to that part of the world for walking, or just to enjoy the beauty and tranquility, and having massive lorries on narrow, unsuitable rural roads would pose dangers for local residents. In addition, Glebe Mines have mining permissions in other less sensitive areas which they could exploit, instead of ruining currently unquarried land.
This development goes against the ethos of National Parks, and I'm asking for your help to stop it. If you've ever been to Derbyshire, if you love walking there, or love going to Chatsworth, or any of the beautiful towns and villages in the Peak District, if you just love the countryside and think it shouldn't be endlessly mined, dug up, or built over, then please protest.
The full postal address to send objections to the development is:

Ms S Smith,
Senior Minerals Planner,
Peak District National Park Authority,
Aldern House,
Baslow Road,
DE45 1AE
quoting Fluorspar Extraction Application Reference NP/DDD/0807/0822
However, since the planning committee meet next week, urgent action is required and you may wish to email
Please feel free to use any or all of the reasons I set out above in your communication, but please, if you love the Peak District, ACT.


Blogger Stacie said...

email sent.

11:26 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Email sent to planning dept as below


A friend [Helen] has alerted me to the proposed quarry at Wensley. I am absolutely appalled that anyone would consider putting a quarry in that location. I lived in Wensley for six years, in a house overlooking the valley where the proposed quarry would go. It is a beautiful, peaceful valley, a haven for walkers, birds, and wild flowers. I cannot believe that anyone who had visited this site would allow this development to go ahead.

Yours Sincerely


8:43 am  
Blogger Scribe LA said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you, too! Yikes about the quarry. Thanks for putting out the info on how to get involved to try and at least stave it off.

8:53 pm  

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