Stowey Quarry petition to be handed to council

  • 24 August 2012
  • From the section Bristol

A petition containing more than 4,000 signatures against plans to dispose of asbestos in a quarry in the Chew Valley is to be handed to the local council.

Residents fear asbestos disposed of in Stowey Quarry could leak into the local water supply from Chew Valley Lake.

Oaktree Environmental, which is behind the application, has declined to comment.

Bath and North East Somerset Council was due to decide on the application on 29 August but this has been postponed.

The petition will be handed to the council by the North East Somerset MP, Jacob Rees-Mogg, at 14:00 BST.

Campaigner Dave Elliot, from Stowey Quarry Action Group, said: "We think the site is completely unstable - we've proved through a geology survey that the site will move in time.

"Imagine 650,000 tonnes of asbestos moving down over a landscape towards Chew Valley Lake which feeds half of Bristol."

In April, Oaktree International said all necessary studies would be carried out to ensure there would be no adverse effect on the environment, including water supplies.

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