Big hole gets bigger at brickworks

Alan Warner is unhappy that the greenland at the old brickworks site is being dug up for clay extraction and shipped off elsewhere in the country.
Alan Warner is unhappy that the greenland at the old brickworks site is being dug up for clay extraction and shipped off elsewhere in the country.
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A former miner has voiced big concerns over clay extraction work near his home which is seeing green fields dug up and a big hole left in their wake.

Alan Warner, 78, of Codnor-Denby Lane, says noise from the works at the old Waingroves Brickworks site is a constant problem and he worries about what will be done about the large hole which is being created.

Mr Warner believes the extracted clay from the old brickworks, which closed in 2006, is being transported elsewhere.

He said: “It bothers me that they are not employing local people.

“Why should they be able to rip up the fields when it is not for the interests of people around here.

“And when they have extracted all the clay I would like to know what will happen to the big hole in the ground.

“I would like to see their licence revoked”

Hanson Building Products, who owned the site at the time, closed it in 2006 due to a drop in demand nationally with a loss of 63 jobs.

Spokesman David Weeks said at the time of closure: “In difficult times you have to make difficult decisions. It’s for reasons beyond our control. “We cannot control the market and it’s not a product you can carry on with if no-one’s building.”

Waingroves Brickworks was fully up and running by 1915 but was first opened by Butterley Brick Company in 1890 next to the pit.

In 1921 an 18-chamber kiln and chimney was built there which produced 400,000,000 bricks during it’s lifetime.

Responding to Mr Warner, a Derbyshire County Council spokesman said: “Waingroves has had planning permission for a brickworks since the 1940s.

“Conditions covering matters like noise have been reviewed and we intend to review them again in the future. We have not received any complaints about the site recently.

“The parts of the site that required importation of waste to fill have been completed and when the site is finished it will be a mixed area of woodland, agriculture and a lake.”