Initial investigations have now been completed and have shown that re-opening the Rapness Quarry is unlikely to be viable, mostly because of the poor quality of the stone and the large amount of waste (up to 1/3 of stone blasted will end up as waste, and even the good stuff isn’t very suitable for concrete). WDT will therefore start investigating whether there are other potential sites on Westray that could be opened or reopened and provide better quality stone. If you can help with this (know of any quarries that might fit this) please let us know.
There has been a lot more work on this feasibility study. Someone from the council planning department has been out for a site visit to advise on planning requirements, and a surveyor and a contractor have also done site visits.
Applications for tender have now been sent to three companies to gauge interest in providing the blasting and crushing service to Westray and to also see if the project will be viable. Further information to follow.