Craig Yr Hesg quarry community page
About Craig Yr Hesg
Craig yr Hesg quarry in the Taff Valley, near Pontypridd is a nationally important source of premium quality blue pennant sandstone for road surfacing. The stone has very high skid resistance, making it ideal for the top surface of roads. It is widely used throughout South Wales and Southern England and has gone into a number of major projects including the Heathrow Airport runway and the M25. The quarry also supplies stone for use in concrete and for other construction projects. Reserves are running low so Hanson has submitted a planning application to extend the existing workings into land to the north-west currently used for grazing. If permitted, the extension area would release a further 10 million tonnes of rock.
The quarry habitats include pockets of semi natural woodland, small pockets of heathland, rock and scree, open habitat on previously disturbed ground and quarry benches and tips that are regenerating naturally to woodland. Barn owls and peregrine falcons use the site for breeding.
Quarrying began at Craig yr Hesg in around 1885. At one stage more than 100 people worked at the site. Today the quarry employs 16 people directly while a further 30 depend upon it for their livelihood.
The local church St Catherine’s marked the establishment of the town in 1866 - 1870 and was built with Blue Pennant sandstone from Craig Yr Hesg quarry.
Small trains used to operate in the quarry.
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Visit from board members
Craig yr Hesg quarry received a visit from Dr Van Achten, deputy chairman of the HeidelbergCement managing board and Daniel Cooper, Hanson CEO as well as members of the Hanson executive board during the first week of April 2017.
Owl saved from screen house during pre-startup inspection
Prior to starting up the plant on the 4th January following the christmas break, staff carrying out the pre-startup inspection spotted an owl that was trapped within the screen house and saved the day.
Welsh World War One memorial stones to be erected in Belgium
A memorial will be erected in Belgium to the Welsh soldiers who fought in World War One. Seven standing stones from Wales will be adorned with a plaque to represent each regiment and division.They will be transported from Craig-yr-Hesg quarry near Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff, on Thursday, 17th November 2016.
Ty Gwyn School visits quarry
The quarry had a visit from 9 pupils from Ty Gwyn School, Glyncoch in October this year. The visit consisted of a site tour and they collected stones for their school rockery.
Craig Yr Hesg Asphalt recently helped Machen Asphalt in supplying over 700t of asphalt for the new Pontypridd RFC 3G pitch.
More stones from Craig yr Hesg to be used
Gentlemen from the WW1 memorial committee paid a visit to Craig yr Hesg quarry in May as they are looking at using more stones from the quarry to crate a larger memorial in Belgium to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the Battle of Ypres.
Below is the existing memorial made from stones from Craig Yr Hesg quarry that was unveiled by First Minister Carwyn Jones in August 2014.
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We advertise our opportunities on the Hanson website, leading online job boards and the print media. We also attend a selection of career events at both national and local levels. Occasionally, recruitment agencies will represent us in attracting specialist skills. We have a preferred suppliers list of recruitment agencies and will accept applications from those so approved.
Earlier in the year Craig Yr Hesg quarry donated 40 tonnes of stone to the local golf club that overlooks the quarry.
Planning application for land to the west of the quarry
To view the planning application for quarrying operations on the land to the west of the quarry please do the following:
- Go to the Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council website at www.rctcbc.gov.uk
- Click - Environment Planning and Waste
- Click - Planning
- Click - Planning applications
- Click – Planning applications – search the register
- Enter Application Reference Number 15/0666/10 and search.
- Click – Documents