Plans to transform our disused Parkfield Road Quarry into grassland, ponds and woodland were presented recently when residents were invited to attend a public display of the plans for the site which is close to the Rugby Cement Plant. Ian Southcott, representing CEMEX, said: “These are exciting and imaginative proposals that, if accepted, will transform a deep void into a sustainable and attractive landform with public access.”
The restoration scheme, which will be the subject of a consultation process undertaken by Warwickshire County Council, would restore the Quarry to its original levels and see the creation of ponds, grassland, open areas for natural re-colonisation and extensive areas of woodland planting.
The site was once a source of raw materials for the cement manufacturing process but has been disused for many decades. One of the public footpaths around the perimeter has been closed for some time and the Quarry is securely fenced for safety reasons. To provide this sustainable, long-term restoration solution, CEMEX is considering bringing in by rail inert materials – clays and soils – from HS2 engineering works. If accepted, these proposals would see this material delivered in trains direct to the existing sidings adjacent to the old Quarry.
The public exhibition took place at the St Matthew’s and St Oswald’s church hall on Lawford Road on Tuesday 20th March. More information at http://www.cemex.co.uk/parkfield-road-quarry-restoration.aspx