Petition to close Hill Top Quarry

Dylan Ramsay, who died while swimming in a quarry at Whittle-le-Woods, holding his nephew

Dylan Ramsay, who died while swimming in a quarry at Whittle-le-Woods, holding his nephew

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How many more people must die?

That was the question being asked by the family and fiends of 13-year-old Dylan Ramsay, who died last Sunday at Hill Top Quarry in Whittle-le-Woods.

The Parklands High School pupil got into difficulty after going in the water as temperatures touched 29C. He’s thought to have been the fourth death at the quarry and now a petition has been launched to try and close it down.

His mum Rebecca made an emotional return to the quarry last week to sign the petition.

She said: “I do not want any other family to have to go through the pain that we are. It’s devastating.

“Something should have been done before now – Dylan shouldn’t have been allowed to have been the fourth (person to die).

“We want the quarry to either be secure so that something like this is not allowed to happen again or for something to be done with it.”

Rebecca joined more than 70 of Dylan’s family and friends on a procession to the quarry, in Whittle-le-Woods, last Monday night.

She said: “We all just feel numb and can’t believe that Dylan is not coming home.

“I have been back to the quarry as I feel closer to him when I’m up there and it was a real comfort to see so many of his friends there on Monday night. I always knew he was a popular lad, but I was amazed to see so many bunches of flowers there – there must have been more than 50.

“I will do whatever it takes to make sure that something like this is never allowed to happen again and I fully support the campaign.”

The petition (above) has been mounted on railings at the entrance to the quarry and reads: “This petition has been set-up following the tragic death of Dylan Ramsay on July 3, 2011 in the quarry.

“This has been the location of a number of deaths and attempted (suicides) over recent years and as a community we must do something to put an end to this happening.

“This will not be easy to achieve but it’s about time the owners, council and local community came together to change this. Please help us to achieve this goal in memory of Dylan Ramsay.”

Director of Ruttle Plant Ltd, which owns the quarry, Harry Ruttle said: “We have not yet been approached about the petition, but we will look to fill the quarry as that would be the best end for everyone concerned.

“What has happened there is a tragedy and we will do our best to make sure it won’t happen again.”