No-insurance quarry forced to close

No-insurance quarry forced to close (UK) A Shropshire quarry, used by thousands of mountain bikers as an adventure course, has been forced to close because no-one will insure the site, the owner revealed today. Nantmawr Quarry, near Oswestry, has been a mountain bike track for the last 15 years and is used by cyclists from around Britain. But individual bikers can no longer ride on the course as insurance firms have refused to provide cover for quarry owner Caroline Williams. But Mrs Williams said organised events could still take place at the former limestone quarry, because organisers are responsible for providing their own insurance. She said other owners of mountain bike tracks were also suffering and that a pending court case, involving a cyclist suing the Forestry Commission, could be linked to the new insurance problem. An application to raise the level of the quarry bowl by dumping 272,000 tonnes of rubble there is currently going through the planning process. The controversial five-year scheme would see lorries make up to 200 trips a week to the site carrying the building waste, and has sparked outrage from villagers who fear the narrow country lanes would not cope. But Mrs Williams today said she was confident the massive project would get the go-ahead and would safeguard the business.

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