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Illegal quarrying is stopped in National Park

Thanks in part to years of reasoned lobbying by CPRE Peak District, Backdale Quarry was forced to stop illegally mining limestone on 30 January. The quarry on Longstone Edge in the National Park had been flagrantly flouting its planning permission...

While it had permission to remove small quantities of limestone in order to extract the vein mineral fluorspar from the quarry, recent estimates show that 175,000 tonnes of limestone have been carted away and sold on as construction aggregate and only 400 tonnes of fluorspar have been produced - none of which has left the site. The Peak District National Park Authority issued a stop notice on the quarry. The authority is monitoring the site and will seek a court injunction for any activity that is contrary to the stop notice.