Final victory for campaign

DELIGHTED campaigners have won a David and Galioth battle to prevent Rolls-Royce dumping radioactive waste in their village.

The Government has backed an Environment Agency document banning the firm from disposing of low-level nuclear waste at Hilt's Quarry, Crich.

The momentous decision represents a stunning success for the Crich and District Environment Action Group at the end of an intense campaign.

Rolls-Royce, who had used the site to dispose of waste from its Marine Power Operations facility in Derby, stopped dumping at the quarry in 2002.

This latest ruling is official confirmation that the firm will never be allowed to resume the activity and must now sensitively restore the site.

Patrick Cooke, founder of the action group, said: "This development is terrific news. It is the end of a determined campaign which has lasted for well over three years.

"It all began with a public meeting in the village and, from that small acorn, it grew into a strong campaign.

"Now Hilt's Quarry will go back to nature and this beautiful village can start to return to a peaceful existence. This is a very big victory against strong opponents."

Trees will be planted, a grass area will be created, a lake will be installed and landscaping work will be carried out as part of a scheme to return the quarry to nature.

Mr Cooke added: "To give Rolls Royce their due, they are really making an effort with the nature side of things."

By Emily Davies