Below a Press Release from Dartmoor Preservation Association announcing a protest rally (scheduled for September) against China Clay extraction at the archaeologically rich Crownhill Down on Dartmoor. The Council for British Archaeology supported the DPA's earlier successful campaign to protect Shaugh Moor (you can read about this earlier campaign in the June and August 2001 editions of British Archaeology - online at http://www.britarch.ac.uk/ba/ba59/news.shtml and http://www.britarch.ac.uk/ba/ba60/news.shtml) and supports DPA's new campaign.
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News Release: DARTMOOR PRESERVATION ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES CLAY PROTEST RALLY
The Dartmoor Preservation Association is to organise a protest rally in its campaign to Save Crownhill Down from destruction by clay multinational Imerys. Its Chief Executive John Bainbridge announced the rally at the DPA’s AGM in Yelverton (1).
The rally will include walks and horse rides, all to draw attention to the threat to destroy Crownhill Down by quarrying and waste dumping. John Bainbridge’s address on Crownhill Down is reproduced below.
The AGM will be held at the Memorial Hall, Yelverton at 2 PM on the 24th May. Speakers include Anthony Steen MP, Dr Grahame Blackwell campaigner against TETRA masts, Dr Hilary Marshall, ecologist, and John Skinner (Access campaigner)
Crownhill Down - AGM Address by DPA Chief Executive John Bainbridge.
I just want to say a few words about our continuing campaign to save Crownhill Down. Firstly, I would like to thank everyone who has helped. Not just the DPA officers and committee, but the huge number of members who have written protest letters and sent in our protest postcards. This really does help and we will be asking you to do much more as time goes on.
I would also like to thank the growing band of allies who have pledged to support our campaign; the Ramblers Association, the Open Spaces Society, Plantlife UK, the Council for British Archaeology, the landowner - and these are just the early recruits to the battle. A number of people have reported wildlife sightings and we are grateful for these. I would also like to thank Tom Greeves for his most impressive paper on the Down’s history and archaeology, which appeared in our campaign booklet.
What has emerged during the first months of campaigning is that Crownhill Down is of great value, a rare piece of lowland moor on Plymouth’s back doorstep, rich in archaeology, flora and fauna. Over the next few months we will be revealing more of Crownhill Down’s secrets.
We will also be challenging the politicians and planners to intervene and pledge to fight for Crownhill Down. These mineral planning permissions were granted many years ago. It is absurd that they are still in place, in this very different, environmentally friendly world.
We challenge Imerys to give up this ancient mineral permission, as they did with their other permission to quarry the Blackabrook Valley. Or at the very least apply for a fresh planning permission and have the courage to come and present your case at a modern public inquiry.
We challenge Devon County Council, South Hams District Council and Plymouth City Council to unite to save Crownhill Down.
In September we are planning a rally across Crownhill Down. This will include a walk, a sponsored pony ride and other events. We ask everyone here today to come to our rally and show the strength of feeling that there is to save Crownhill Down. This is a battle that we are determined to win. This is a battle that we will win!