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‘We’re all standing up for Cas’

Castleford residents unite to save the former Gillat's quarry (now a woodland) from development.
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Castleford residents unite to save the former Gillat's quarry (now a woodland) from development. p305a429

People living near the former Gillatt’s Quarry in Castleford have set up a campaign group in a bid to preserve the site.

Residents claim the quarry, off Redhill Drive, is one of the last green spaces in the town and have teamed up with ward councillors to fight off any proposed development of the site.

Eric Smith, group chairman, said: “We are not fighting any specific development but we’re just standing up for Castleford.

“The quarry has a lot of history. It was originally the home of the Arthur Gillatt and his family.

“It wasn’t until we started looking into its history that we discovered it’s actually Jillatt’s Quarry, not Gillatt’s.

“There’s also a lot of wildlife on the site which would be affected by any developments .”

In 2009 the site was earmarked as a new home for Castleford Fire Station,but campaigners successfully fought the plans.

One acre of land to the north east of the former quarry is currently for sale with Walker Singleton for £350,000.

Alison Drake, group secretary, said: “There aren’t many sites like it at all and we want to preserve it.

“Areas like ours are very built up and if we don’t stand together then wildlife and green land will be non-existent.”

The group, which has around 450 members, will hold its next meeting at Queen’s Mill, Aire Street, on Thursday, September 18 at 10am.

 

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