UTTOXETER councillors have welcomed the plans to transform a Uttoxeter quarry into a sailing lake with footpaths, cycle paths and a natural conservation area.
If the plans go ahead, the sailing lake at Uttoxeter Quarry, in Ashbourne Road, Spath, looks to entice people to come in to take advantage of the facilities as well as creating jobs for Uttoxeter people.
Councillor Geoff Morrison, who represents Uttoxeter Town on Staffordshire County Council, said: “We’ve waited and waited for this. I remember clearly sitting looking at the map showing wildlife areas and a boating lake with a boat house. I’m very pleased the plans look set to come to fruition.
“It’s what we need in town, it will be brilliant, we need more things like it, more recreational areas more to do.
“The town needs a bit of relaxation. I think it was add to the prosperity of the town. We’re well-provided for a small market town, and this is the icing on the cake.”
Councillor Allan Chapman, of the Uttoxeter Town Council, said: “It’s definitely a good thing.
“We’re bringing more people into Uttoxeter again and creating jobs. They’re going to landscape the area and it’s a good legacy after the quarry.”
Staffordshire County Council in conjunction with Aggregate Industries have submitted the long-awaited proposals to planning chiefs detailing the change of the quarry to a sailing lake.
Plans drawn up by Aggregate Industries said: “Informal recreation would be concentrated around walking, bird and wildlife viewing, with picnic areas.
“The range of restored habitats will make it an important refuge for many species of wildlife from insects to birds, fish to bats, trees and flowers and will therefore be interesting for viewing wildlife.
“Formal recreation facilities on the site would be limited to sailing and water sports.
“Under these proposals, the restoration strategy remains broadly similar to the approved strategy for Uttoxeter Quarry which included the creation of areas suitable for agriculture and water areas with potential for nature conservation and recreation.