Campaigners have won their battle to prevent hazardous waste - including asbestos - being dumped at a quarry near Chew Valley Lake.
A public inquiry was held in September after the owner of Stowey Quarry appealed against the local council's decision.
Today, a government planning inspector dismissed the proposals. Katie Rowlett has this report...
Campaigners have won their battle to prevent hazardous waste - including asbestos - being dumped at Stowey Quarry on the Mendips.
There have been numerous protests and challenges against plans for the landfill site and a public inquiry was held in September. The planning inspector has ruled against the proposals because of the impact on the landscape and the possible risk to the Chew Valley Lake reservoir nearby.
Local MP Jacob Rees-Mogg has welcomed the ruling and praised the protestors for their persistence.
A Planning Inspector has dismissed an appeal by the owner of Stowey Quarry in the Chew Valley to dump asbestos at the site.
The planning application was refused unanimously by Bath & North East Somerset Council (BANES) last year.
Quarry owner Larry Edmund appealed this decision, which was the subject of a planning inquiry.
More than 4,000 residents signed a petition against the plans fearing asbestos could contaminate Chew Valley Lake - Bristol's main source of drinking water.
The Inspector made his decision on three grounds:
- The proposal would cause harm to the character and the appearance of the area, and would conflict with existing policies.
- The risk to the groundwater and thus to Chew Valley Lake of a failure either in the liner or the waste acceptance procedures at the site would be significant.
- The fear of asbestos fibres escaping into the air and water would have an adverse effect on the living conditions of the local community.
– Sally Monkhouse, chair of SSAG
We are delighted with the Inspector’s decision which will safeguard the Chew Valley lake and local community from the threat of harmful wastes including asbestos.
The decisions taken by BANES and the EA in June 2011 have now been shown to be flawed.
At each and every stage valid objections and clear evidence have been ignored by both authorities who purport to protect our communities.
In the absence of adequate rigour, it was left to the community to correct these mistakes.
It would restore some confidence within this community if the authorities were to acknowledge this and apologise.
Campaigners fighting proposals to dump asbestos and other harmful waste at a quarry in the Mendips have been dealt another blow.
A government inspector has confirmed that revised plans will now be considered.
Local people - and Bristol Water - say they're concerned that dumping the waste could pollute Chew Valley Lake.
But today the firm behind the plans says it won't dispose of materials that could easily leak into the water table.
Katie Rowlett reports:
A public inquiry begins today into plans to dump asbestos at Stowey Quarry.
There's been opposition against the idea to put hazardous waste into the quarry near Bristol as it's close to Chew Valley Lake reservoir.
Bath and North East Somerset Council rejected the application but the company behind the plans pushed for the pubic inquiry which is now expected to last three days.
Controversial plans to allow asbestos to be dumped in a quarry in Somerset have been turned down unamimously by planners.
Campaigners, including celebrity Dr Phil Hammond, have been fighting for years to stop the proposals for Stowey Quarry in the Chew Valley near Bristol.
Opponents say there would be a real danger of contamination and pollution.
Richard Payne was there...
Campaigners are waiting to hear if they've won their fight to prevent asbestos being dumped in Stowey Quarry near Chew Valley. A decision is due over plans for the site, which have been met with strong opposition. Local people say it could contaminate the area's water supply.
Our reporter Richard Payne sent us this report from the site
A decision on whether asbestos will be allowed to be dumped in a quarry in Somerset will be made today.
The proposed plans for the landfill at Stowey Quarry near Chew Valley have met with strong opposition from local people. They say it could contaminate the area's water supply.
A proposed asbestos waste dump in a quarry near Chew Valley in Somerset has been rejected.
It's the second time the plans have been rejected by Bath and North East Somerset council after campaigners against the landfill said it could contaminate the area's water supply.
The leader of Bristol Council has shown support to residents campaigning against plans to dump asbestos in a quarry in Chew Valley. Barbara Janke wrote to Bath and North East Somerset Council asking that they pay regard to the views and concerns of residents.