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6:50pm Tuesday 27th August 2013 in Letters
IT seems that ideas for the safer management of the Gullet Quarry are often polarised.
On the one hand we have people wanting to leave it as it is, whilst others are signing petitions to say that it should be ‘closed’.
I suggest that there is a compromise that will preserve the picturesque nature of the site but also make it much safer.
Basically, the quarry could be partially filled with rock and smaller material so that the water is much less deep.
Once the water had been temporarily pumped out, the necessary rock fill could be quarried from the steep western end and bulldozed to the appropriate depth across the whole pool.
This depth could vary from a few centimetres at the eastern end to perhaps just over one metre at the western end, creating a much safer pool.
Jumping from a great height into cold water would no longer be possible. In fact the shallower water would get warmer during the summer months.
This could result in a useful amenity rather than an area which would be impossible to fence or control effectively.
However, doing nothing is not a sensible option.
PAUL HARTWRIGHT Malvern
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