Application Submitted For Pendrethen Quarry Work

Pendrathen quarry

Pendrathen quarry

A planning application to use Pendrethen quarry for processing builders’ waste has been submitted to the Council.

The request has come from St Mary’s-based Mulciber Ltd, who want permission to take in non-hazardous building rubble and turn it into aggregate.

This will then be sold to local construction companies for use in new building projects.

Mulciber says it will be a continuation of work that has been taking place at the quarry for around 40 years and fits in with the Council’s plans for waste recycling.

And they’ve already obtained a permit from the Environment Agency to undertake the work, although that can’t go ahead until a Lawful Development Certificate has been granted by the Council.

But the application has run into opposition from residents who live nearby at McFarlands Down.

Peter and Elizabeth Kent at Summertime and Geraldine Bright at Green Pastures have written to the Council to say that they can’t recall the quarry being in use before 2012 and that it was overgrown at that time.

Dr Randolph Hessing says he moved to his present address at Jedi in 2011 and he also didn’t notice any activity at the quarry for the first two years he lived there.

But Mulciber have submitted statements from several former employees who say operations were taking place as far back as 1987.

Dr Hessing is also worried about the state of the road, which he says is unfit for public access, and he’s worried about noise from the crushing activity.

The Pendrethen and Bar Point areas were the subject of a public enquiry in the 1980’s following a proposal to use them as waste sites. An enquiry was held and ruled against that at the time.

The application is expected to go before planners at their meeting on 24th November.



24 Responses to Application Submitted For Pendrethen Quarry Work

  1. Pete November 5, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    A planning application for processing builders waste has been submitted. This is not the whole truth. P/15/088/CLE. They intend to do far more work than processing builders waste.

    • Adam Morton, St.Martins November 6, 2015 at 7:46 am

      Well spill the beans then! Or stop scaremongering . The application looks to be exactly what it says on the tin. Lets face it if people aren’t moaning about this then they will be moaning about heaps of aggregate scattered around the island!

      • Pete November 6, 2015 at 1:25 pm

        What does the first paragraph read about this topic.

        • Clare Voyant November 7, 2015 at 8:41 am

          Pete are you referring to the invisible inclusion of the abattoir and meat packing plant or the 150 ft wind turbine?

          • Pete November 7, 2015 at 3:56 pm

            Clare Voyant. You will have to look deeper into your Crystal Balls.

  2. kay banfield November 4, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    A Theatre in the quarry is a lovely idea, what a perfect setting, but even without the build costs I think to find the Duchy rent each year would be a killer. As for the Moorwell site this should have been recycling waste for years. I know staff who used to work there made sensible suggestions on recycling and were told by upper management at the time to mind their own business as it could affect grants they were after. I can’t see the Council attitude changing anytime soon.

  3. Ray Wornes November 4, 2015 at 10:12 am

    If only this issue was as simple as you describe Kay. This is a very complex issue with potential for far reaching consequences as I’m sure you must know and a major threat to the environment of locals and holidaymakers on St. Mary’s. I want all recycling carried out at Moorwell with attenuation of vibration, noise and dust. I also want a theatre at Pendrathen. Do we want to promote tourism or destroy it?

    • Adam Morton, St.Martins November 4, 2015 at 12:47 pm

      Its not a complex issue at all! There is no environmental threat from stones and building rubble , its as inert as anything you will find. The only “far reaching consequence” is a little daytime noise sometimes for those in the immediate vicinity but then that’s a thing most contend with and in any case a good number will be out at work, on holiday etc.Probably more disturbance from planes flying overhead!Certainly more pollution.
      Tourism has far more immediate threats than an existing site processing existing material . Show me a tourism business that does not have letting accommodation attached where the proprietors are even making minimum wage on their hours! Its a bit beyond nit picking over a bit of gravel!

      • Linda Badcock November 4, 2015 at 2:31 pm

        Old Town recycling on one day a week between 1000hrs – 1500hrs ish. Cancelled due to the reported noise experienced with the tins and glass being deposited in the bins. You truly could not make this up. It is surely a plot for a pantomime.
        How on these Islands are we to be encouraged to recycle between even these limited hours when such petty obstacles are applied.
        On this basic I would be surprised if the Pendrathen quarry site goes ahead.
        If per chance it does I would expect the recycling scheme to be reintroduced in Old Town.

    • Pete November 4, 2015 at 3:32 pm

      It’s common sense to use Moorwell for recycling, the waste is already there. Why transport it to Pendrethen for so called recycling, then having to transport it away again. Or is there another reason behind it?

    • Tee Kalmyaahs November 4, 2015 at 7:53 pm

      I want all recycling done up at Pendrethen. It’s out of the way and wouldn’t disturb anyone. NIMBY.

    • Fred Uplistening November 5, 2015 at 8:25 am

      I want a break from constant negativity !

  4. Todd Stevens November 3, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    I’ve said it before- but if I owned that quarry I’d turn it into a venue like the open air Minnack theater in Cornwall. Used as that type of venue in the evenings and as a nice park for visitors and locals alike during the day. Nice cafe maybe too. Surely that would be far better and look far nicer in this AONB and make more money than what’s there now- or being proposed. There’s bound to be funding for such a project somewhere. Just an idea.

    • Halibut Schmeisser November 4, 2015 at 11:49 pm

      Yes what a good idea, perhaps on those few days when the Royal Shakespeare Company hadn’t booked it there could be poetry recitals for pedestrians to avoid the need for a large car park. The poet or artist performing the recital would need a powerful booming voice as amplified music would quickly upset those who had paid good money for local homes.

  5. Paul Whittaker November 3, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    Why can`t this process be done at the old dump site at Moorwell. I thought this was to be the new recycling site. If not Moowell why not the old ram pit at Deep Point, its less invasive than the quarry at Pendrathen. I`m all for recycling but lets get it right from the start.

    • Bob Adjoob November 4, 2015 at 10:50 am

      Because it is Not In your (My) Back Yard, its in someone else’s.

  6. A wannabe builder November 3, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    Surely a solution to the residents complaining about disruption is to create another route down to the quarry?

  7. chris evans November 3, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Didnt they get a lot of money to close down the old quarry and clean the place up, also the the road down has been distroyed, as far as say, dangerous for residents and paying guests to walk at night .

  8. Pete November 3, 2015 at 11:12 am

    Recycled builders waste is not a stable material for building construction. How many building projects do they envisaged taking place on the islands?

    • Morris November 4, 2015 at 10:43 am

      Quite right I cannot imagine why it is so heavily used throughout the world, I blame the Romans they started it; no wonder that a couple of thousand years later so few of their buildings are still standing.

      • Pete November 4, 2015 at 1:21 pm

        I did not know the Romans used building waste left over from the 20th century in their construction. I thought they used stone infill between their blocks of stone.

        • Bob Adjoob November 4, 2015 at 5:48 pm

          They used old tiles broken pots recycled pozzolans in fact most materials that we can use today hence the latin root of the term concrete from ‘con’ meaning together and ‘cresco’ to grow. So Pete you are never to old to learn.

  9. kay banfield November 3, 2015 at 10:20 am

    So here we have a local who has set up a company and would like to work the old quarry as it should be and was for many years. Once again we have people trying to stop him solving a problem of how to dispose of waste building material. It’s called recycling and anyone on these islands should be supporting this. The quarry has been worked on and off in one form or another for decades, many houses in Scilly have been built from blocks made in Pendrathen quarry, certainly most of those in MacFarlands Downs were built from quarry material. It would also mean fewer bags of aggregate being imported.

    • ritchie November 4, 2015 at 1:31 pm

      Quite right Kay , we live on an Island and recycling is very sadly lacking here. I believe the company had Lag funding for processing machinery so this would give us value for money from this fund for a change. I cannot think of a better location and agreed the down side is some additional traffic however cannot believe it would be more than single figures daily when operating. Theatre suggestion is an interesting one perhaps some late evening plays would see the audience tip toeing up the road so as not to annoy the residents, whilst the residents at Jacksons Hill could look forward to the additional machinery noise in amphitheatre that is Moorwell .
      All the concrete at our site was processed at Penrathen in 1989 for the mainland cable project.