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Bold Heath Quarry- update

Since meeting with the Bold Heath Action Group in March(www.benjaminjohnjones.blogspot.com/2009/03/bold-heath-quarry), I have been following the progress of the appeal to the Planning Inspectorate. We are now entering a key phase of the appeal with this week’s public inquiry in St Helens and are awaiting the verdict from the Inspector. As I wrote in March (on this blog and to the Inspector directly), I hope he makes the right decision and protects the heath and safety of local residents who stand to suffer if the quarry is permitted to be turned into a landfill site.

Regardless of the decision, the process that has brought us here raises serious questions about the power of the Planning Inspectorate (a Government Body) and it’s ability to overrule the will of elected representatives and local residents.