ASH Group Win Prestigious Business Awards
The ASH Group are delighted to announce that it collected the award for Corporate Social Responsibility at the prestigious 2017 Cheshire Business Awards at last week’s evening ceremony held at Chester Cathedral.
The award was for our work at the Cambrian Quarry in Gwernymynydd, just outside Mold, where we have been engaged in a restoration project at the Quarry.
Having been acutely aware of the dangers at the disused Quarry, we obtained planning permission and an environmental permit to restore the Quarry back to its natural state, with the introduction of inert material to fill the 500,000m3 quarry void, restore the wall instabilities, with the ultimate aim of restoring the landscape to its former glory and returning it to the local community as an area which can be enjoyed safely.
We have hosted regular liaison meetings with councillors, residents and environmental regulators, and having overcome opposition from these parties initially, we are now seen as a vital part of the community. We will continue to work closely with the local schools, councils and residents to enable them to see the progress at the site and how we are committed to restoring the quarry for the enjoyment of everyone who works, lives or is associated with the village.
In order to minimise the disruption and hazards for local residents, we have engaged in a number of improvement works to ensure the work we carry out at the quarry does not affect the local community. This has included improvements to the access road into the quarry, introduction of multiple wheel wash systems to ensure minimal deposits of mud, dust and other material on the public highways, and we also undertook a project to extend the car park at the local War Memorial site.
We continue to actively manage the habitats for local wildlife, including great crested newts, bats and badgers, and we maintain areas of calcareous grassland to ensure they will be free of invasive species. We work regularly to carry out independent noise surveys to monitor impact on local residents, as well as strictly abiding with the Environmental Permit conditions of a site of this size.
This award is a testament to the ASH Group team based at the Cambrian Quarry, as well as our Environmental, Planning and Operations teams who work tirelessly to ensure the work carried out is for the benefit of the local community. We anticipate we will input a further half a million tonnes of inert materials into the site, with the ultimate aim of returning the landscape to its original state.
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