We thought last year's victory at the Court of Appeal meant that the legal door on illegal limestone quarrying at Backdale had finally been shut. The Peak District National Park Authority is currently trying to find a negotiated solution that will put an end to quarrying at the eastern end of Longstone Edge for good. However, Bleaklow Industries, who own the land and mineral rights at Wager’s Flat, Beacon Rod and the now devastated Backdale Quarry has submitted an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights.
The submission, which follows an unsuccessful request to the House of Lords, is against the UK government. It is expected to take months before the European court determines whether there is a case to answer. If there is, then a ruling could take years. At the same time, the parent body of Glebe Mines, who have the mineral rights to Peak Pastures, has been bought by the Mexican firm Mexichem. Glebe Mines was not part of the deal, and its future is unclear.
We will continue to keep a close eye on the situation and to encourage the National Park Authority to find a permanent solution to this long running problem.
See our campaigns section for background to Backdale.