/ Masson lee
Hi all I think I have just seen a pick on Facebook of masson Lee been re landscaped does any one know what is going on?
have you got a link to the picture?
Post the pic, not got facebook. A total shit hole but really good climbing on that steep wall at the back. Even with the 3 tons of sika holding it together. Always quite liked the place in a strange sort of way.
How do you put a pick on I can't get a link from Facebook.
I reckon its one of the nicer quarries, less burnt out cars, no youths on motorcycles or chucking bottles, birds flying around, green trees and good easy to moderate sport and dry tooling in equal measures - even if it is stuck together! So would be gutted if we loose it as a venue. The farmer started to tip rubble into the far end a few years back but that was short lived.
It's the crag of dreams
Is that true?
I think they're resetting the routes.
I love this thread, it is the crag of dreams.
packing my quick draws now.......
Still can't find how to post pick but all the trees seem to have been cut down.
You know it is cheeky
That isn't going to help getting around unless there are plans to remove the trees, which isn't going to be easy (drag them out from above with a tractor and winch?). I guess the question who did it and what's next?
Gutted, but that's the only reason I can think of for cutting down the trees. Hopefully starting at the entrance end. Still have to do Long Black Veil! I think the tooling will be safe for a long while even if we have to ab in down the cave.
"No, it is not being filled in - whoever is doing the works has started putting a roadway down to the opencast floor where there's been tree felling going on. Infilling would require material to be brought from off site, which would need planning permission, and there has been no application for this."
There are mines of significant interest in the area, which are protected by SSSI status, so very doubtful that backfilling would occur to extent of blocking access to these caves/mines.
You don't need them, they are all in situ on the best routes
> You don't need them, they are all in situ on the best routes
This crag just gets better and better
I was there on Saturday 24th March and the quarry was intact and untouched then. They must have moved really quickly to do this much work. They have bulldozed the area at the top of the descent where the primroses and orchids were which is a great shame.
A local said that the people who are building the huge new housing estate are going to use it to dump waste from the new building site! Not sure how true this is, just hearsay/speculation?
Hope that the damage does not become more extensive!
I presume you ment February 24th.
It is very hard to follow the map given by natural England but if the quarry is within the SSSI then surley something sinister is going on?
Looks like the SSSI boundary runs along the opposite side of the quarry edge.
There is quite extensive regulation around the back filling of old quarry workings for obvious reasons, it is a big source of potential pollution and also even inert waste is subject to lower rate landfill tax. I would be surprised if they had permission to do this but you never know. They would need permission from the Environment Agency. Might be worth someone checking with the EA or the local council before too much damage is done.
It's the gift that keeps on giving!
I missed off mentioning the peregrins and the other small birds of prey which nest in the quarry (Not sure what the other is, but have been told it is a merlin!) and have done for a few years. The climbers have not disturbed them, but I am sure the quarrying will!
Yes, February 24th 2018!
Anyone any the wiser on what the legal situation is? IE whats actually happening, have they got permission etc...
My wife works for the environment agency and although she is on maternity leave has had a brief look around and not found any waste permits for the quarry. This wasn't exhaustive and only on publically accessible systems.
One for the local access rep?
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