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Date set for Stowey quarry public inquiry

  • 20 July 2013
  • From the section Bristol
Stowey Quarry
Image caption Stowey Quarry is near to a water reservoir

A date has been announced for a public inquiry into whether asbestos can be dumped in a quarry in North Somerset.

A planning application was originally turned down last November for hazardous waste to be left at Stowey Quarry.

After the owners appealed, the proposal went to a public inquiry.

The hearing will be held over 3-5 September to decide whether Bath and North East Somerset Council was right to turn down the application.

David Elliot, from the Stowey Sutton Action Group, said: "There's the dust, there's the noise, there's the particles of asbestos that could come out of the quarry and we've proven the water that leaves the quarry will end up at Chew Valley lake which is extremely dangerous."

Chew Valley lake is a reservoir about 1.2 miles (2km) from the site. It is looked after by Bristol Water, which also opposes the plans.

Oaktree Environments - who are acting on behalf of Quarry owner Larry Edmunds - declined to comment.

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