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The Thornborough Henges


Tarmac To Stage Public Exhibition

- Come and find out from the horse's mouth exactly why it's so important that Thornborough should be quarried. You can ask questions.

From Nidderdale Today

"A quarry firm at the centre of a bitter row with conservationists is squaring up to its critics by staging a public exhibition to explain its controversial plans to extend operations next to an ancient site near Ripon.

Tarmac Northern Ltd - part of Anglo American plc, one of the world's largest mining companies - is holding the event to enable members of the public to find out more about its plans for Nosterfield Quarry at Thornborough.

Tarmac submitted proposals to extract sand and gravel from a further 111 acres at Ladybridge Farm, east of the current quarry, last month, saying the expansion was necessary to provide much-needed sand and gravel supplies to North Yorkshire's construction industry.

Now members of the public will be able to see the plans in detail for themselves. Visitors to the exhibition being held at West Tanfield village hall on Saturday, July 10, from 11am to 4pm, will find information about the application and quarrying in general. They will also be able to follow a virtual tour of how the area will be restored once the quarrying has finished, access information on the archaeology of the area and view some of the finds from excavations as part of the quarrying process.

Bob Nicholson, estates manager at Tarmac, said: "This is a great opportunity for residents from the local communities to get a clear picture of our plans for Ladybridge Farm, why we need to quarry here and how the area is going to be restored in the future. There will be a team of us there to deal with any questions people may have."

The exhibition by Tarmac will be closely followed by a talk about the importance of the henge site and what should be done to protect it.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
8th July 2004ce

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