QUARRY developers have revealed plans to create a sailing lake and recreational area could be pushed back.
Business owner and watersports enthusiast Mark Beard has registered his interest with Aggregate Industries, developers of Uttoxeter Quarry, for the design of watersports facilities at the site and is urging quarry developers to get plans under way 'sooner rather than later' for the benefit of Uttoxeter residents.
However Aggregate Industries said that it is 'early days yet' for the redevelopment of the site and there was still significant quantities of minerals to be extracted before the restoration takes place.
Mr Beard said: "This is something which could be of benefit to everyone in Uttoxeter.
Obviously it would be better to have it sooner rather than later and we're keen to open some dialogue with Aggregates to see what can be done.
"There is huge potential at the site and we are very keen to work with Aggregates to create the best outcome for watersports at the quarry.
"At some sites, it is possible to have both recreational facilities and quarrying going on simultaneously."
Tim Claxton, senior estates surveyor at Aggregate Industries, said: "The recession really hit us, we were held back for the best part of two years and, as a result, only managed to restart the work in Easter of this year.
"There are approximately two million tonnes of sand and gravel still to dig out and planning permission is currently live until 2016, with restoration scheduled to be complete by 2018, however I can see the quarrying may go on longer.
"Staffordshire County Council asked for any areas of potential future extraction so we cited the area to the north of the quarry as a potential area which has been included in the county council's draft plan – so we could see work continue into the mid 2020s.
"Though at some larger sites recreational facilities can be introduced alongside work, I can't see it working at Uttoxeter as there are too many safety concerns."