HC Deb 15 July 1952 vol 503 c1949
Mr. David Griffiths

I beg to present a humble Petition signed by 2,066 constituents in the Parish of Wentworth and many miles of the surrounding district. The inhabitants of Wentworth deplore the continuance of opencast mining, and strongly hope and pray that it be discontinued at a very early date.

The reasons are, firstly, the loss of agricultural land, and, consequently, of food production; secondly, the despoilment of scenic beauty; thirdly, the incessant noise and damage night and day, which has been disturbing residents there continuously for over 10 years; and, fourthly, and this is a very important factor indeed, that the West Riding County Council have described this area in a development scheme as of great landscape, scientific and historical value.

The Petition concludes: Wherefore your Petitioners pray that no further opencast working in and immediately adjoining the parish of Wentworth should be put into effect. And your Petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray. Petition to lie upon the Table.

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