Bid to clear village quarry eyesore area

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A derelict Thorner quarry area described as an eyesore may get a makeover if local residents give the go ahead.

The Church Hill site has been empty since homes, built against a rock face of an old quarry, were demolished in the 1930s.

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Chairman of a working group set up to improve the area, Scott Marshall said: “This site is on one of the main approach roads into the village and has been neglected over many years.

“Not only does it have historical significance but it’s important as an unusual geological feature.

“A proposal of our Parish Plan review was that a group should look at the feasibility of halting the decline in the site and we are carrying a consultation exercise to get views from residents.”

The working group is sending a questionnaire to village households and will stage an exhibition on March 15 and 16 at the Over 60s bungalow, 10am-4pm.

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Mr Marshall added: “We’ve got the backing of the landowner, the Mexborough Estate, Thorner Parish Council, and the West Yorkshire Geological Trust.

“We’ve commissioned a survey of the site and have used this to produce some computer projections of what might be possible.

“We’ll take on board resident views and if necessary apply for grant support to make improvements.”

There will also be a chance to view and comment on proposals for a new Elmete Greenway cycle route linking Thorner with Scholes using the derelict railway line.