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New Wilsden quarry bid noise fears
2:00pm Saturday 19th October 2013 in News
New night-time working at Bank Top stone quarry in Wilsden could be approved despite parish council concerns that local peace and quiet might suffer.
M&M Yorkshire Stone Products wants permission to cut sandstone and use a forklift truck every weekday evening from 6pm to 10pm, which it says would increase efficiency and give workers another shift.
There is no plan to increase any heavy traffic to or from the site during these times.
But while Bradford Council’s regulatory and appeals committee is recommended to approve the plans when it meets today, Wilsden Parish Council is against the scheme due to fears about increased noise pollution from the site’s two stone saws housed in their own sheds.
“Residential amenity would be harmed due to noise from the sheds,” wrote the parish council in its formal objection.
“The parish council believes an increase of 10DB against a normal quiet night of 30DB is likely to be noticeable, especially when this is sustained noise of a mechanical nature, which is more likely to be an irritant than natural noise of the same level.
“Residents who have to live with noise throughout the working day are entitled to expect that operational noise should cease when the day ends.”
One local resident added: “We presently enjoy the wonderful peace of the evening when work at the quarry has ceased, and this would be shattered every working weekday.”
However, a supporter of the scheme, who has lived near Bank Top quarry for 25 years, said he had no objection and would welcome having people working there at night due to the remote nature of the spot.
The recommendation to approve extended hours concluded there would be economic benefit and that the impact of stone sawing – with the shed doors closed – would not lead to a level of noise that could cause “significant disturbance” to local residents.
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