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Quarry jobs safeguarded
Monday 28th January 2019 @ 15:00 by Lauren Entwistle

By Eddie Bisknell, local democracy reporter.

More than 50 jobs are set to be safeguarded as plans to extend an historic Derbyshire quarry are set for approval.

Mouselow Quarry, near Glossop, has been in operation since 1840.

Now the operator, Austrian firm Wienerberger Ltd, is aiming to extend its lifespan until 2044 with a 3.7 acre extension.

Derbyshire County Council is set to make a decision on this application on Monday, February 4. Its officers have recommended that the plans are approved.

This would enable the firm to quarry 850,000 more tonnes of shale for brick making and 200,000 extra tonnes of high quality sandstone for building.

Quarrying this material would keep the site open for an extra 19 years, until 2042.

This would protect 53 jobs at Mouselow, and at the brickworks in Denton, Manchester, also owned by Wienerberger.

The site near Glossop would be restored as a nature conservation area by 2044.

A report compiled by the county council states: “It is considered that there is a justified economic need for the continued extraction of the shale resource (and associated sandstone) at Mouselow which would contribute to the local economy, both directly and indirectly as a result of the employment of local people and its use of local services and continued operation of Denton Brickworks.

“Products from Denton are exported nationally and support the national economy and house building.”

Materials quarried from the Glossop quarry – which average 45,000 tonnes a year – contribute to 80 per cent of the 50 million bricks made each year at the Denton Brickworks.

Wienerberger states that Denton factory and Mouselow Quarry contribute around £7.5 million to the local economy in the form of wages, purchases, business rates and associated costs.

The Glossop site sees an average of 18 vehicle movements per day – no blasting takes place at the quarry.

Current operating hours at the quarry are 7am until 7pm Monday to Friday and 7am until 1pm on Saturdays. No operations are permitted at any time on Sundays, bank or other public holidays except in case of an emergency.

Restoration of the site would include a large, deep lake, woodland, grassland, small ponds and a seasonal wetland area.

Neither the Peak District National Park Authority, Natural England, Historic England, Environment Agency or the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust are opposed to the scheme.

Two objections to the proposals were submitted by residents.

They felt that the extension would be too close to the newly built Glossopdale Community School, would impact on the green belt and that the local economic benefits had been exaggerated.

On resident submitted a support letter stating that “tree planting over the years has led to a better environment for wildlife and this will improve further with the planned restoration concept”.