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Application for night-time quarry working in Wilsden approved
8:00am Friday 25th October 2013 in News
An application for new night-time working at Bank Top stone quarry in Wilsden has been approved.
M and M Yorkshire Stone Products had asked for permission to cut sandstone and use a forklift truck every weekday evening from 6pm to 10pm, which they argued would increase efficiency and give workers another shift.
The firm added there was no plan to increase any heavy traffic to or from the site during those evenings.
Council officers recommended the plans should be approved, concluding there would be economic benefit, and that the impact of stone sawing, with the shed doors closed, would not lead to “significant disturbance” to local residents.
Wilsden Parish Council had opposed the scheme, voicing fears about the potential for increased noise pollution from the site’s two stone saws housed in sheds.
In its formal objection, the council stated: “We believe an increase of ten decibels 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.”
However, members of Bradford’s regulatory and appeals committee voted to accept the night-time working application at their meeting last Thursday.
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