Ribblesdale cement works community page
Situated in the beautiful Ribble valley on the edge of Clitheroe, Ribblesdale was set up in 1936 as a joint venture between Tunnel Cement and Ketton Portland Cement; by 1938, through further investment in additional wet kilns, the works production grew to 750,000 tonnes of cement a year.
The biggest increase in production capacity came in 1983 when £30 million was invested in a new dry-process kiln, enabling 1.3 million tonnes of cement to be produced each year.
In recent years, improvements have been made to the kiln dust filters, resulting in a reduction of dust emissions. Low level dust emissions have also been dramatically cut and in 1998 Ribblesdale became the first cement works in the UK to install a gas cleaning system (also known as a wet scrubber) attached to the dry process kiln.
This “dry” process kiln and was the first in the UK to use a gas cleaning system to convert sulphur dioxide into gypsum. This reduces the amount of sulphur dioxide produced during the production process by 90 per cent, and halves the very small amount of dust and ammonia, making it one of the most environmentally friendly kilns in existence.
Community newsletter - Open Door
Site activities are often reported in Open Door, a newsletter circulated by the company to every household within a five-mile radius of the works as a means of keeping the local community informed.
The raw materials used are 340 million years old.
The works was for a period the largest clinker producer in the UK and has produced well over 50 million tonnes of cement.
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.
Serving the community
It is Hanson’s policy to be an active supporter of the community in which it operates and this has shown itself in many different ways, not just in the money it contributes through wages to local people and the buying of services and products in the Clitheroe area. The company’s support for local charities and events has continued for many years; this can be financial or by offering direct assistance with skills and materials.
The Ribble Catchment Trust is a charitable organisation that uses facilities on the site to further improve the condition and habitats in and around the River Ribble, which passes along the boundary of the works.
In advance of increased extraction at Bellman quarry, some 11,000 trees were planted initially and more added later in order to thicken the vegetation around the site.
Screening banks were built to shield the view from neighbouring properties and an area of the quarry was grassed over and is grazed by cattle. Lanehead quarry has been similarly screened and, for the longer term, the company has agreed a restoration scheme that will make the quarry a focus for public enjoyment.
Both quarries have become a haven for wildlife and a research programme has been commissioned into the fauna and flora to be found in Lanehead quarry. The wildlife found there is extremely diverse; a study looked closely at the plant and insect life and identified nesting peregrine falcons and ravens as well as 80 other species of birds.
Reports of these activities and other company developments are included in Open Door, a newsletter circulated to households within a five-mile radius of the works, produced as a means of keeping the local community informed.
The cement works was first built on the current site in 1936.
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