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Astle Estate Sand Pit

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As a member of the Hansons Sandpit Liaison Committee, I feel I have to present one or two established facts to counteract some of the rumours circulating at present.

Hansons, as operators of the sandpit have long had in place a restoration scheme to return the former sandpit to landscaped lakes and agricultural land. The restoration scheme was agreed with the landowners and Cheshire East Council. A lot of work was done prior to last winter and further work, notably the planting of the forested areas etc. will follow. There is a legal obligation for any former operator of such a site to maintain the restored land for a period of three years following its return to the owners.

There have been rumours locally that the sandpit can be used for landfill. This is completely untrue. The geology is such (sand) that a massive amount of costly work would have to be done to ensure that effluent from any waste could not move into the groundwater. The water table in this area is around 2 to 3 metres below the level of the land, hence, when the water pumping used in the sand extraction ceased, the areas from which sand had been removed filled to the level of the water table, forming the lakes you will see today. As a result, it would not be feasible or desirable to use these areas for landfill.

Please have a look at the restoration scheme (as included in the Wake Park planning application) for this area by clicking on the file to download it. Please take the time to have a walk over to view what has been done already. What you will not find is a disused quarry. What you will find, as the pictures show, is a pleasant area with two lakes, in the process of being restored to a natural appearance and with an abundance of wildlife present.

Andy Gildon
Sandpit Liaison Committee

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