Quarry decision delayed by council

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REsidents have secured more time over proposals to extend quarrying close to their home.

Homeowners at Lower Edge Road, Rastrick, argued that more information was needed over the health issues caused by the dust from Elland Edge Quarries.

They also said that measurement of noise levels, carried out as part of the application, had been taken at a time when the quarry was not in full operation and in the wrong location.

Rand & Asquith (Aceblade) Limited, who own and run the quarry, had applied to increase the area they are quarrying by 0.75 hectares.

They say this will allow them to produce an extra 230,000 tonnes of Elland Flag Sandstone.

The area they want to expand into is currently an open field but it backs on to the back gardens of people’s homes.

Residents of Belgrave Court would see quarrying within 13 metres of the bottom of their back gardens under the new application.

However, resident Anthony Lee, expressed concerns over the impact of increased dust and councillors agreed this needed to be investigated further before a decision could be made.

The committee, which meets every three weeks at Halifax Town Hall, voted to defer any decision for six to nine weeks so further reports could be prepared.

The applicant argued that research showed the dust particles were so big they posed no threat to people as they couldn’t enter their lungs.

Coun Ruth Goldthorpe (Lib Dem, Todmorden) said: “I would like a report from someone looking at the effect on public health.”