Residents unveil new open space

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A FORMER quarry bought by neighbouring residents to be turned into public open space is being officially opened.

Villagers in Hunshelf, near Stocksbridge, paid £33,000 at auction for the old Isle of Skye quarry at Green Moor - five-and-a-half acres of land.

Hunshelf Parish Council has now bought the site after raising cash through fundraising events to repay the parishioners.

The old quarry is nearly 1,000ft above sea level and a viewing platform has been created where people can see as far as York Minster on a clear day.

As well as raising the money to buy the site, Hunshelf Parish Council also obtained £50,000 from Big Lottery Fund.

The money has been spent on rebuilding some of the walls on the site which are up to 20ft high and which hold back the spoil from the quarry.

Volunteers have cleared paths, removed old fencing and tidied up the area.

The official opening of the Isle of Skye will be on Sunday, June 17, when Mayor of Barnsley Coun Dorothy Higginbottom will accept a scroll dedicating the land as a public open space and Hunshelf Amble Fell Race will take place around the parish boundaries finishing at the Isle of Skye.