Council Confirms No Dumping At Pendrathen

Pendrathen Quarry

The Council has reconfirmed that waste material is not being dumped at Pendrathen.

Two weeks ago, McFarland’s Down resident Ray Wornes shared his concerns that the Town Hall was allowing the quarry to be used as an overspill for Moorwell dump.

Ray was concerned that Pendrathen and Bar Point, areas subject to a public enquiry about their use as waste sites in the late 1980s, were being highlighted for that purpose. The enquiry ruled against that at the time.

The Town Hall maintains that rock and rubble is being crushed there and that it will be recycled for the building trade. They’ve commended the initiative, which is being undertaken by a private contractor.

But local resident and councillor, David Pearson, feels that whether waste is being dumped at Pendrathen, depends on the definition of dumping.

David says soil material has also been placed on the site and material is being left there, which could constitute dumping.

Councillor Dudley Mumford, who also lives nearby, feels that locals should have been informed about the extra traffic and the work, because of the sensitivity of the site following the 80s hearings.

Dudley and David say that, despite being councillors, they weren’t told about the work beforehand and neighbours should have been informed.

Town Hall press officer George Pearson says as the operation is being carried out by a private company, using a private road that provides access to the quarry, and it doesn’t fall within the Council’s remit.


5 Responses to Council Confirms No Dumping At Pendrathen

  1. Jenny September 3, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Well done Dr RH, may be you should be employed by the I.O.S to give advice.
    The local authority, ie: the I.O.S Council should have undertake an environmental impact study, any health implications etc etc.
    They can not abdicate their statatory environmental and health protection obligations to the public, by saying, ‘it’s a private road’.
    What were the 3 Councillors who live at McFarlands Downs doing as the tractors and trailers were bounching past their private road with trailers full of ‘ we have no idea’. They were not even told or consulted. What hope is there for Jo Public, if the Chairman of the Council is treated so indifferently.

  2. Paul Whittaker September 2, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    I totally agree Randolph. The council get contractors to move council waste from the council dump and it does not fall within the council`s remit!!! What a joke.
    When Kier wanted to move soil from Porthcressa to the quarry I got a letter telling what they were doing and how lng it would take. Is letter writing outside of the council`s remit aswell. And why can the waste materials not be crushed at the dump, saving time and money in the process.

  3. randolph hessing September 2, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    It has just been brought to my attention that ‘rubble’ is being relocated from the waste dump to Mcfarlands Down quarry.
    To my surprise none of the residents have been informed about this and no planning procedures have been undertaken.
    Also no environmental impact assessment, toxicology studies or any definition of what ‘building rubble’ includes has been forthcoming.
    No indication of the extent of this relocation or size, elevation, boundaries of of the site have been made public.
    There is no hint at what is planned once the quarry reaches capacity in regards to relandscapping and recultivation or if there are planns to enlarge the designated site.
    The road down Mcfarlands Down will inevitably suffer more damage due to heavy use and a total lack of drainage.
    The comment of the Council spokesmann that it is a private company using a private road that is undertaking this work and has therefore nothing to do with the council, is at best laughable straight out of a comody sketch considering they are commisioning this work.
    I therefore suggest that all these issues are adressed and that anay further
    ‘relocation’ is immediately cancelled.

    Dr. R. Hessing

    • lynn September 3, 2012 at 7:03 pm

      I have seen written on this site previously that a 3 act play or indeed pantomine could be written purely based on the Councils’ actions or lack of, perhap this dumping senario should be included to provide even more humour.Seat sales would go through the roof.

  4. Stuart August 30, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    The fact that three Councillors including the council chairman live at McFarlands Down and they knew nothing of this makes you wonder what these Councillors actually do, and as for the councils response, yet another example of the tail wagging the dog!