Twelve gold awards for Essex quarries
THE number of quarries in Essex qualifying for gold certificates in Essex County Council’s annual Mineral Working Environmental Awards Scheme has increased. In the 2001 awards, which were presented last month, a total of 12 contenders out of the 30 active sites surveyed managed to attain the highest standard, demonstrating that they are good neighbours and manage their sites in the most environmentally sensitive way.
According to Essex County Council, since the awards scheme was introduced in 1997 standards at sites in Essex have improved far in excess of those required by current legislation.
Speaking at the awards ceremony at County Hall in Chelmsford, Councillor Peter Martin, Cabinet Member for Planning, Enterprise and Regeneration, said: ‘Over the last five years standards at mineral sites across Essex have improved and continued to improve as a result of this scheme, which promotes environmentally friendly management.’
To achieve the gold award sites have to demonstrate that they meet or exceed certain criteria, including: compliance with planning conditions; community liaison; site access and haul roads; perimeter treatment; footpaths and bridleways; general site tidiness; and further improvements and initiatives.
The 12 gold medal winning sites in 2001 were: Alresford Creek, Moverons Farm and Villa Farm Pit (Alresford Sand and Ballast Co.); Barling Quarry (Cory Environmental); Birch Quarry and Bulls Lodge Quarry (Hanson Aggregates); Coggeshall Quarry (RMC Eastern Counties); Colchester Quarry (Tarmac Quarry Products Southern); Frog Hall Quay (Thames and Colne River Aggregates); Martells Quarry (Bucbricks Co.); and Roxwell Quarry and Wivenhoe Quarry (Lafarge Aggregates).