Campaigners celebrate victory as Stowey Quarry appeal rejected

Campaigners and councillors in the Chew Valley are celebrating victory after plans to dump asbestos at Stowey Quarry were thrown out by a planning inspector.

The news has been welcomed as a ‘triumph for community action’ by the area’s local councillor Vic Pritchard (Cons, Chew Valley South).

It was announced on Tuesday 26th November that the planning inspector has decided to reject an application which sought permission to allow asbestos waste to be dumped at Stowey Quarry.

Local residents and councillors in the area had been fighting to stop the plans since they were first submitted nearly two years ago. Local people had raised concerns over the dump’s proximity to the Chew Valley Lake reservoir, which provides drinking water for residents of south Bristol and parts of Somerset. They had also objected on grounds of the impact on the local area, including increased traffic on local roads from HGVs taking waste to the site as well as dust and noise from the dump.

Councillor Vic Pritchard, who has backed the campaign by local residents, commented:

“This is really tremendous news and a real triumph for community action. All the local residents involved in this campaign should be congratulated for their tireless efforts in securing this outcome.

“Stowey Quarry is a totally inappropriate place for an asbestos waste dump. There have been genuine concerns over dumping this type of waste so close to Chew Valley Lake, and we never felt we were given adequate reassurance on this. But beyond that, this application would have had a real adverse impact on the local area, with the increased number of lorries accessing the site causing harm to the local community.

“Now this decision had been made, hopefully this issue can finally be put to bed and the threat which has hung over local residents for so long can be lifted.”