19th December 2016 - Thank you for your support!

As 2016 draws to a close we wanted to get in touch and thank you for your fantastic support and look back on a year of CADS progress towards preserving the Manacles Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ) and our Lizard Peninsula Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

In January 2016 Silke Roskilly won a Judicial Review against Cornwall Council. The Hon Mr Justice Dove castigated Cornwall Council's unreasonable decisions leading to their 'unlawful' approval to re-open Dean Quarry on the Lizard Peninsula. He concluded that the planning permission granted had been 'infected with illegality' and thus it was quashed. Mr Justice Dove continued: ʻNo reasonable planning authority, knowing at the time when they formed a resolution to grant planning permission that there was an outstanding request of the Secretary of State to make a determination on a screening direction (for an EIA), would proceed to grant planning permission without knowing the outcome of that screening process”. Clearly, Cornwall Councilʼs screening decision had not been in accord with the opinion of either the Hon Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government nor Mr Justice Dove.

In February 2016 Shire Oak Quarries Limited withdrew its planning application rather than submit a legally-required Environmental Impact Assessment(EIA) for Dean Quarry. This concluded the first phase of a hard-fought battle for our Lizard communities of St Keverne and Coverack against a proposed superquarry in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), and seaward into the Manacles Marine Conservation Zone. The developerʼs decision to withdraw initial plans to re-open Dean Quarry was seen as a significant step in the right direction for our communities. However CADS are pragmatic and believe that if the UK government give the green-light for a Tidal Lagoon, then the developer will attempt to re-apply for planning permission to re-open and upscale Dean Quarry.

In August following talks with Shire Oak Quarries Community Liaison Officer, Oscar Gatta, CADS learnt that mobile quarrying would commence at Dean Quarry. This meant Shire Oak Quarries intended to quarry without having submitted a full and comprehensive Environmental Impact Assessment. To date, Shire Oak Quarries have not resubmitted planning application PA14/12081, nor have they submitted a full Environmental Impact Assessment.

In early September CADS submitted a comprehensive response to the Charles Hendry Review into assessing the strategic case for tidal lagoons and whether they could play a cost effective role as part of the UK energy mix. CADS urged Charles Hendry to advise the UK government that sourcing the quantities of rock needed to build any number of tidal lagoons is going to be a multifaceted challenge and using rock from Dean Quarry would be risky. It will become a test case for major industrialisation within a newly appointed Marine Conservation Zone, will be fiercely contested and a very public affair, and likely to cause significant project roll-out delays. Sourcing the millions of tonnes of rock from the most sustainable sources will be a challenge and CADS stressed that this point be highlighted the review. Investors will rapidly cool off re-investing if their business ethics are put to the test. To date, a final copy of The Hendry Review has yet to be made available in the public domain.

Later on in September, with great sadness, our Vice Chair John Vipond passed away following a courageous battle of his own. John will be remembered for his calm wisdom and passion to protect the environment. He will be sadly missed by us all.

John, 69, was the head teacher at Parc Eglos primary school for 28 years before he retired in 2008. He was well known in town and helped educate thousands of children during his career.

On September 29th CADS issued a claim for a second Judicial Review against Cornwall Council. Blasting plans and multiple planning breaches had failed to convince Cornwall Council to take immediate enforcement action via a STOP notice on Shire Oak Quarries. The claim followed Cornwall Councilʼs decision made on 28.9.2016 not to commence enforcement action against unauthorised Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) development in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Blasting at Dean took place on 30.9.2016. Dean Quarry is currently surrounded by a fence which the developer continued to erect after planning permission for the development was quashed in the High Court by Mr Justice Dove on 18.12.2015, for lack of an EIA. Cornwall Council has since stated on 12.9.2016 that a fence cannot be constructed without an EIA because ʻit is in a sensitive area and is likely to have significant effects on the environmentʼ. The Planning Authority referred to the findings of the first Judicial Review which ruled in CADSʼ favour: ʻThe proposal should be considered in cumulation with the operation of the quarry, which in itself, was EIA development and therefore the proposal is considered likely to have significant effects on the environmentʼ. Silke Roskilly, Chair of CADS, concludes: ʻWe are bitterly disappointed that yet again we are facing Cornwall Council and Shire Oak Quarries in court, arguing about the same environmental concerns. Mr Justice Dove was very clear in his ruling back in December 2015 that the re-opening and developing of Dean Quarry constitutes a major development inan AONB and therefore MUST have and Environmental Impact Assessmentʼ.

In October CADS supporters sent a clear message to Mark Shorrock, CEO of Tidal Lagoon - ROCK OFF! A protest rally was held outside Dean Quarry on 2.10.16 following unauthorised blasting that took place at Dean Quarry on 30.9.2016.


October also saw the development and deployment of CADS' logo. The logo was designed by Pickle Design who are based on the North Cornish coast. It features the Saint Piran's flag of Cornwall, topped with the profile of a highly protected Harbour Porpoise. The marine blue represents the Manacles Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ) we are striving to protect from industrialisation.

In November CADS held an open meeting at Roskilly’s Croust House. The venue was packed to capacity and it was good to see so many new faces. Silke Roskilly, Chair of CADS welcomed everyone and gave a brief history of our campaign to date. So much has happened since January 2015 when Mark Shorrock announced his development plans for Dean Quarry.

Jo from The Cornish Seaweed Company spoke of his fears about how run off from Dean Quarry would, in the future, affect his growing company. The development plans at Dean Quarry are of real concern to them.

Mike Anselmi from Porthkerris Divers gave an excellent talk on the beauty and rarity of the Manacle Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ). He has 25 years of experience diving the Manacles, the best of the best in UK waters. Mike Described the shipwrecks and how the coral beds would get choked by sediment from building, quarrying and shipping activity. It is a completely unique stretch of water in its geography and sea life and one of the UK’s first MCZ’s to be established in 2012. Mike explained the work that has been done by independent organisations such as the World Wildlife Trust and Seasearch to survey and document the Manacles. Over 250 dives have taken place, recording underwater data. The Manacles is now the most surveyed Marine Conservation Zone in UK waters. Shire Oak Quarries will, when they submit planning permission have to show evidence of how their plans will not harm the Manacles MCZ. Mike explained that the data collected would cost Shire Oak Quarries over £2,000,000 to collect themselves. The data will be released into the public domain ONLY when Shire Oak Quarries submit their full planning application for Dean Quarry with an EIA.

Paul Rabbeth, the local representative from The SW Coastal drew the audiences attention to the government’s commitment for a coastal footpath that goes around the UK. He aired his concerns about the impact for walkers if a break in the SW coastal foot path should occur at Dean Quarry. The SW Coast Footpath Association is a pressure group for walkers who think fondly of this area, even in December. They spend money in the area. If the footpath is to be diverted further (a second break) then people will cut out this area.

In November CADS launched a public appeal via online Crowdfunding site GoFundMe. The funds raised will help fight the legal battle against Cornwall Council, which has repeatedly failed to take enforcement action against an unauthorised major development that lacks an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). Shire Oak Quarries propose to re-open and upsclae Dean Quarry, shipping of millions of tonnes of rock into 10,000 tonne barges. The operation is estimated to be 13 times the size of the previous quarry, which ceased to operate in 2008. CADS strongly believes that ʻwe must do all we can to not allow Cornwall Council and the developer to continuously act recklessly, without any recourse to their actions. If we allow this current unlawful situation to continue without any prospect of questions being answered or reassurances that the retrospective planning application will be filed in the foreseeable future, we will have failed in our duty to preserve and care for what is precious to our communityʼ.

On behalf of CADS, Silke Roskilly expresses her thanks ʻfor supporting our campaign to fight the development of a superquarry in this beautiful part of Cornwall. Without your generosity, we would not be able to stop the long-term damage to our livelihoods, coastline, wildlife, dark skies and tranquillity that this industrialisation would causeʼ.Thank you in advance for whatever you can contribute. The GoFundMe page is now live at: https://www.gofundme.com/superquarry-threatens-cornwall

Looking ahead to 2017, on Friday 20th January CADS will return to The High Court for its second Judicial Review against Cornwall Council. Time and venue details will be confirmed to supporters early in the new year.

In the meantime, everyone at CADS would like to thank you for supporting our campaign in 2016 and wish you and yours a happy & healthy 2017.

 

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