The quarry has been declared as dormant rather
than active, but due to the loop-hole in the law (whereby the land
was sold over 50 years
ago, before the national park was established), the quarry company
has legal permission to extract minerals and stone. Also a disused
500 meters (approx) north west from the stone circle (near the sheep's
water troff if you know the area) has been declared active which is
bad news especially as no defenses have been set up there.
On 12 December 2003, the quarry company Stancliffe
Stone submitted a scheme to the Peak District National Park Authority
or working the quarries at Endcliffe and Lees Cross. They want to
extract 3.2 million tons of rock from a 12.95 hectare site within
100m of the Nine Ladies Stone Circle.
The resultant scar will be 100m deep, devastating
the environment of this treasured site for ever. The quarry company
have issued a statement in the local paper saying that they are
going to begin the eviction process.
If you want to be on the phone tree (to be informed when eviction
starts), please get in touch via the site mobile number: 0700 5942212
Sheffield Dragon reported:
There is a proposed quarry based at Stanton Moor in
the Peak District that threatens the Nine ladies Stone Circle. (Application
The plan is to re-open two dormant quarries (Endcliffe
and Lees Cross). They would cover about 30 acres and have a huge
impact on the hillside. The plans are to quarry for the next 40
We had a visit out there on 22nd/23rd
April and some people have been out since. If anyone else is interested
in getting out there soon or for the time of eviction let me know
and I can provide details of how to get there by bus / car / foot.
Everyone has something they can offer!!! It may be food, clothing,
blankets, camping tat, rope, or a physical hand with building. Remember...Once
the place has gone it has gone forever! One of the things I heard
is that the stone to be quarried will be for the U.S. as their planning
laws are much stricter.
Sarah Smith (Sheffield Dragon Contact)
Network Nineladies Page
Nine Ladies Campaign