Residents to face 156 lorry trips each day

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ANXIOUS residents will soon find out whether a huge quarry can be opened up just yards from where they live.

Sixty people living in and around Lower Edge Road, at Rastrick, have written to the council objecting to plans to extract 230,000 tonnes of sandstone from the site.

But owners Rand and Asquith Ltd say it is vital to extend Elland Edge Quarry to safeguard around 30 jobs.

The planning application has been recommended for approval at Tuesday’s meeting of Calderdale Council Planning Committee.

According to head of planning Geoff Willerton if the work goes ahead, the green belt land will have to be fully restored to agricultural fields, but not before 2042.

“Elland Edge Quarry has been part of the environment for at least 150 years and although it lay dormant for a time, it has continued to supply stone continuously for the past 18 years.

“It is inevitable that properties in the vicinity will suffer the disamenity associated with an industrial site in terms of vehicle movements, but it has already been ascertained that these will remain at current levels,” said Mr Willerton, in a report to councillors.

He has suggested 42 planning conditions including allowing no more than 78 inward and 78 outward lorry movements each day.

But residents are worried it will lead to more dust, noise and traffic nuisance.

Anthony Lee, of Lower Edge Road, whose home backs on to the site said a proposed two-and-a-half metre mound and fence designed to shield the quarry would not be sufficient.

He said back gardens would become unusable.