I have mentioned in previous posts about the quarry we walk the dogs in when visiting our friend.
After the dire weather yesterday, we decided we deserved a field trip so gave him a call to see if he’d like to thrash us at dominoes (again). I offered to take in the ingredients for dinner as well as cook it so that he wouldn’t have to worry about feeding us, and we set off around 10.30.
I drove for a change, and we made good time after stopping in the supermarket for goodies, which included a pack of donuts and a chocolate gateaux for dessert.
On arrival, we had said donuts and a cup of tea, and decided to walk the dogs just in case the weather changed.
Sadly, the quarry’s days are numbered.
Despite protests from local residents and its remote location, planning permission has been approved for a holiday village of some 300 log cabins, rock climbing activity, a swimming pool and entertainment complex.
I would add that current access is only via narrow country lanes and small villages, and the quarry itself is made of granite, so not exactly the easiest of ‘land’ to develop .
Work is due to commence in March next year.
A public footpath runs through it, so this will have to remain, but no doubt the contractors will erect 6 foot high fences either side so that walkers and their dogs can no longer enjoy the open landscape and will be hemmed in by the restriction.
It is such a shame as this is one of the few places left in his area where Nature rules, and is safe and mud free to walk the dogs. The development will also destroy acres of wildlife habitat.
Although these images are not of ‘our quarry’, it will give you an idea of what exactly is going to be lost, not to mention of course the upheaval and chaos of the required road improvements to access this proposed ‘holiday park’.