BBC - Gravel plan at monument discussed
Controversial plans to extend quarrying near an ancient monument known as the Stonehenge of the north are being discussed by councillors.
Tarmac has applied to extend its sand and gravel operations at a site near Thornborough Henges, North Yorkshire.
If approved, campaigners fear the work could destroy clues as to why the 5,000-year-old earthworks were built.
Tarmac said only scattered evidence of prehistoric activity had been found at the Ladybridge Farm site, near Ripon.
On Tuesday, members of the North Yorkshire County Council planning board will discuss the application for quarrying at the farm.
Local campaign group Timewatch, which has collected a petition of more than 1,500 signatures against the plans, said the quarry would cause the permanent loss of nationally important archaeology.
US-based conservation group the Landmarks Foundation has described the quarry proposals as a tragedy.
The henges are believed to represent one of Britain's largest ritual gathering places from the Neolithic period.
Tarmac already has a quarry at Nosterfield, close to the ancient henges which consist of three earthworks built in a line running north-south for about a mile.
Tarmac has said the planned quarry extension is on farmland where there is only "thin and scattered" evidence of prehistoric activity, according to a recent study by archaeological consultants.
The company has said archaeologists would be present on the site and if they found anything of significance, they had the power to stop quarrying activity.
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Published: 2005/07/18 18:36:30 GMT
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19th July 2005ce
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