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Fears for homes planned on nuclear waste site

Residents from Crich in North Derbyshire say they are worried a planned new housing development could disturb radioactive waste in a quarry.

Developers want to build 113 new homes on land near Hilts Quarry where Rolls Royce used to dump low-level nuclear material. Campaigners fear construction work could disturb the waste and cause contamination.

Patrick, a former retained firefighter, was awarded in the Mercury’s New Year Honours in 2004 for his efforts as chairman of the Crich and District Environment Action Group to stop the firm filling the quarry with the nuclear waste.