Minerals Plan: Key Issues & Options

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Document Section Derby & Derbyshire Minerals Core Strategy: Key Issues & Options Part Two: Vision, Objectives, Issues & Options Chapter 7: Major Issues & Options Objective G: Reducing the landbank of permitted reserves of crushed rock in Derbyshire? reducing the landbank of permitted reserves of crushed rock in Derbyshire [List all comments on this document part]
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Respondent Nick Alsop [List all comments by this respondent]
Response Date 11 Aug 2010
Being an engineer I perhaps see quarrying in a different way to someone visiting Derbyshire from an urban environment. I don't see a scar on the landscape, I see engineering, I see Man's ability to harness the landscape. I am not saying that they are as attractive as Telford's bridge across the Menai Straits but it could be said that pretty 'chocolate box' villages are a blight to an unadulterated valley. Everyone sees things differently. I am sure there are several things that could be done to improve things aesthetically, better rail links to take the trucks of the road, hiding the dirty corrugated steel buildings etc.
Some of these quarries are so old they must almost be historical monuments, they are part of our heritage. I am sure some innovative use could be made of our old quarries, the Eden Project was built in an old clay pit quarry. Could we not have a working quarrying museum in one of the quarries that can not be worked any further. On Anglesey they have a huge copper mine at Parys Mountain near Amlwch which atracts a large number of visitors.
I do not think it wise to close down the quarries just because they do not conform to someone's view as to how the countryside should look. The quarrying of our hills has been going on for hundreds of years. I doubt many people visiting Derbyshire go home telling their friends that their visit was ruined by quarries. But I do expect the cost of car parking and litter strewed beside the roads was discussed over many dinner tables.
I do not know how many people are directly or indirectly employed by mineral extraction but I suspect it would have a devastating effect on our local economy, towns and villages if the quarries were closed. It was for the shipping of limestone from the Doves Holes quarries that the Peak Forest canal was built. It could be said that my employment is as a consequence of quarrying 200 years ago !
It is my opinion that as long as we need these minerals (and we should not be importing them) we need these quarries.