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Wath quarry closed as owners Lafarge Tarmac mothball the site
THE last stone has been taken from Wath Quarry, near Hovingham, before the owners Lafarge Tarmac mothball the site.
Production stopped at the site on Friday, August 16, after the company operating it merged with another in January this year, and reviewed all its production.
Wath fell foul of the review, leaving the site’s three remaining employees facing redundancy after new company Lafarge Tarmac decided quarries in County Durham and elsewhere in North Yorkshire should be kept open instead.
The area operations manager Luke Brooks said: "We have taken the decision to mothball Wath Quarry as from this Friday (16 August). Since our joint venture was announced back in January we've reviewed our site portfolio in order to optimise the operations from both legacy businesses, and this decision is part of that process.
“All three employees were offered alternative roles within the company but have chosen to take voluntary redundancy."
The new company has closed some quarries where two operate very close to each other, and some where others operate more efficiently or sustainably , and Wath has fallen into the later category.
Lafarge Tarmac decided quarries at Thrislington in County Durham and Swinden near Long Preston should be kept open instead of Wath.
Mr Brooks added: “As with any business, we need to ensure that our portfolio of sites is optimised, which requires us to examine a number of factors, including operational efficiency of the plant, quality of materials, and proximity to our customer base.”