The stop notice, served by the Park Authority (NPA) on the quarry company Merriman of Leicester and the landowner Bleaklow Industries, is intended to prevent further destruction until a planning inquiry reports its findings. The inquiry is now scheduled for April this year and should report in the Autumn. The NPA, the local campaign group Save Longstone Edge (SLEG), and all who love the park fervently hope that the inspector will uphold the enforcement notice that was earlier served on Merriman and Bleaklow. SLEG will monitor closely Merriman’s compliance with the stop notice.
The stop notice applies to the Backdale site only, but two other beautiful sites on Longstone Edge, much more visible and currently untouched, are in the control of Bleaklow/Merriman. Indeed they have threatened to open these up if denied quarrying at Backdale. SLEG would regard such an act as being most aggressive and provocative, given that it involves using contested methods to damage a national park, and where a process is in place to resolve the matter, namely the inquiry. Bleaklow/Merriman should pay regard to the fact that they are operating in a national park and have the decency to wait until the inquiry has reported.