Fwd: Re: Public Consultation into Quarry at Nine Ladies

office at tlio.demon.co.uk office at tlio.demon.co.uk
Thu Jan 22 12:23:48 GMT 2004

From: ladyrowan100 at yahoo.com

People who want to help are encouraged to write to the PDNPA and 
tell them why you are opposed to this development. 

(Note: public consultation is for the duration of January only): 

The Peak District National Park Authority, 
Aldern House, 
Baslow Road, 
Derbyshire DE45 1AE 
Tel: 01629 816200 
Fax: 01629 816310 
email: aldern at peakdistrict-npa.gov.uk 

If you want to be on the phone tree (to be informed when eviction 
starts), please get in touch via the site mobile number: 0700 

--- In diggers350 at yahoogroups.com, "tliouk" <office at t...> wrote:
> The Nine Ladies protest site. Set up in 1999 to stop a proposed  
3.2million tonnes being extracted from the beautiful and 
historically important Peak District National Park. The camp is 
about to be evicted allowing the destruction of 30 hectares of land. 
Papers were served on Monday 19th Jan, and they are in court for a 
possession order on Thursday. People urgently needed to sort out 
defences, and to be there if eviction follows shortly after. 
Climbers have and are being approached. New site number - 
> On 12 December 2003 Stancliffe Stone, a subsidiary of Marshalls 
PLC submitted a scheme for working the quarries at Endcliffe and 
Lees Cross to the Peak District National Park Authority, PDNPA. They 
want to extract 3.2 million tons of rock from a 12.95 hectare site 
within 100m of the Nine Ladies Stone Circle. The resultant scar will 
be 100m deep, devastating the environment of this treasured site for 
> Background info 
> The 4000 year old Iron Age Stone Circle, Nine Ladies, has over the 
20th Century been threatened by quarrying. Lees Cross and Endcliffe 
are old dormant quarries lying on the eastern moorside near the 
> 1952: Stancliffe Obtains Lease of Mineral Rights to Endcliffe and  
Lees Cross Quarries from landowner, the Duke of Rutland, Haddon 
Hall. The Quarries are given planning consent because of the 
pressing need for postwar building materials. 
> 1995: Under the environment act Lees Cross and Endcliffe are 
declared dormant (inactive). The operator is NOT allowed to work a 
dormant quarry unless working practices have been agreed with the 
> Stancliffe is given time to disagree with this decision and does 
not do so. 
> 1999: Stancliffe make a submission to agree working practices and  
reopen the quarries. The submission meets widespread opposition and 
is cannot considered because the environmental impact assessment is 
not adequate. Nine Ladies Anti-Quarry Campaign, a protest site  
situated in the quarries themselves is set up. 
> 2001: Stancliffe is bought out by the much larger Marshalls PLC 
> 2003: Marshalls submit a new scheme for working, with the 
necessary paperwork, to reopen the quarries and extract 3.2 million 
tons of rock. If the PDNPA revokes the existing consent, they may be 
liable compensation equal to the market value of the stone. There is 
no way the authority can come up with this sum which could be more 
than £100 million. 
> Lees Cross and Endliffe are dormant quarries. Marshalls have hired 
a barrister to claim that the quarries should be classed as active. 
Even though this is blatantly untrue, if this view was upheld in law 
the PDNPA would be restricted in what working conditions it could 
impose on the quarry. 
> As part of the Lease agreement, the landowner, Lord Edward 
Manners, receives £30 for each ton of rock extracted. If the quarry 
goes ahead Haddon Hall will make around £100 million. 
> This raises a serious question: As an example of British 
aristocracy, should the Duke of Rutland, pocket £100m for sitting 
back and letting the land around this ancient site be destroyed? Or 
as a Landowner, should he bite the bullet and protect the land that 
he owns? We leave you to make your own mind up 
> Write to : DEFRA Helpline 
> Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 
> 3-8 Whitehall Place 
> London 
> SW1A 2HH 
> Lord Edward Manners 
> Haddon Hall 
> Bakewell 
> Derbys 
> De45 1La 
> Visit/Contact Nine Ladies anti-quarry campaign, Lees Road, Stanton 
> Lees, MATLOCK, Derbyshire, DE4 2LQ Tel: 0700 5942212

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