Declaration Of Dormancy
LOCATION AND GEOGRAPHY
What and Where is Ding Quarry
Has Ding Quarry Got An Important History
The Cotton Famine Road
Original 1948 Planning Application
1979 Planning Application
2007 Determination Of Conditions
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The Story So far...
During the summer of 1995, plans to re-open a quarry by DP Williams on
Rooley Moor, right on the outskirts of Rochdale looked all set to go
ahead. He had been given the right to quarry for stone from the disused
'Ding Quarry' by the Lord of the Manor.
News spread fast, the people of Rochdale were not about to allow
hundreds of lorries pass through Rochdale and Rooley moor road, with no
fight at all. Momentum spread fast, An Action group was formed.
As soon as DP Williams' lorries were spotted, a huge group of local
residents blockaded the cattle grid at Lanehead.
Rochdale Police arrested a few protestors, but this was just the
start... Through countless meetings, fact finding missions, fund raising
activities the backing of Rochdale Council, we were finally able to get
Ding quarry declared a 'dormant quarry, this meant DP Williams had to
start afresh, and prepare a new planning application for Rochdale Council
to get stone from Ding Quarry.
In Nov. 1995, Ding quarry was classified as a ‘dormant’ quarry. Dormant
has a special legal meaning in this context; it means that the quarry
company has the right to apply for modern working conditions to re-open
The application for modern working conditions to reopen Ding quarry is now
When the application was submitted D P Williams the council decided it
lacked crucial information. Without this information, the council couldn’t
legally give the company the conditions it needed to start quarrying.
The council agreed a timetable with D P Williams for the company to
provide the information needed to complete the application properly, but
the company didn’t meet that deadline. D P Williams then failed to meet a
number of other deadlines, and the so the application remains incomplete,
and the council cannot proceed.
This means that the quarry cannot reopen, but it also means that there is
a pending application and Rochdale and the moor are ‘hostages to fortune’.
The Ding Quarry Action Group is pressing the council to deal with the
application in a way that takes account of all the relevant information
and does not expose the people of Rochdale and the vulnerable moorland to
the dangers of an unnecessary quarry.
At the same time, the Group wants to make sure the council and taxpayers
are not faced with the prospect of legal action or compensation.
The Group has assembled some of the foremost experts in the field to help
in the struggle and has also joined with national organisations and other
communities in resisting inappropriate quarrying.
If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the
Group via the Contact Us tab. We await the outcome, but one thing is sure, we are not afraid to put
ourselves once more to the forefront of a campaign to keep DP Williams out
of Rochdale, and keep Ding Quarry Closed !!!!!
The purpose of this website is to allow the exchange of information,
news and events that will take place regarding Ding Quarry, and also
events in and around the Rochdale township.
It also serves to remember the battle we had with DP Williams and the
spirit of every person in Rochdale connected with the fight, always
remember, "A chain is only as strong as it's weakest link".
Let us keep the chain oiled and ready for action !!!
Coronation Power Set to install 17 wind turbines on
Coronation plans to develop a
wind farm, comprising of up to 17 turbines, on Rooley Moor, Rochdale,
The scheme will require the approval of Rochdale Council and Rossendale
Council and it is Coronation's intention to submit a planning application
before Easter 2014.
But this will mean major modifications to road network and the route will
be through residential areas.
Archaeologist concerned about
Rooley Moor wind farm
Archaeologist Stuart Mendelsohn is concerned about the plans to
build a wind farm on Rooley Moor due to there being prehistoric
settlements in the area.
Stuart has visited the sites with a number of archaeological experts
including representatives from the British Geological Survey and Natural
Visits to the site have found it could be a man made site with others
thinking that the stones on do not appear to be random.
Stuart said: “I have tried to get the many archaeological sites in the
area of the proposed Rooley Moor wind farm registered in some way. There
are a surprising amount of sites on Rooley Moor.”