Quarrying

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  • Hope Quarry
    • Background
      • One of largest limestone quarries in Peak District
      • Located on outskirts of Castleton in Peak District national Park
      • It supplies 2m  tonnes of limestone a year to the nearby Hope cement Works which produces 1.3 tonnes of cement a year
      • The cement works were opened in 1929 to exploit the nearby reserves of limestone and shale needed to make cement
        • It supplies 2m  tonnes of limestone a year to the nearby Hope cement Works which produces 1.3 tonnes of cement a year
      • Quarry and cement works owned by lafarge group which employs 182 locals
      • The local economy benefits as locally employed people support nearby shops and services - multiplier effect
      • Quarry estimated to have reserves for another 30 years and is working to a planned programme of extraction and restoration
    • Quarrying + enviroment
      • In 1951 the Peak District National Park was designated
      • Is the responsibility of the Park Authority to strike a balance between environment and economical and social needs of the area
      • HQ is a juage hole in the ground and has a massive visual impact on landscape. Initiatives have been taken to lessen effects on enviro.
      • Landscaping and tree planting have reduced the visual impact of quarry
      • Efforts have been made to reduce dust
      • 15m spent to improv. transport. Rail used rather than road to reduce impact of heavy traffic
        • Single train is equiv. to 57 lorries
      • Hope cement works produces 1m tonnes of CO2 a year but in 2003 to offset this 7,000 trees planted
      • One old quarry area is now managed as a wetland reserve

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