The recession haa been blamed for a delay in excavation of sand from a controversial quarry site in Euxton.
Members of Euxton Residents Against Sand Excavation (ERASE) group met with officials of multi-national company Tarmac to discuss their plans for the site on Dawbers Lane.
Concerned residents had expected work to start on the site this year but in fact they have been given a stay of executions as excavation is yet to take place.
Coun Mark Perks, who represents the area and is chairman of the Tarmac Liason Committee said: “We met at Dawson Lane where the sand quarry will take place.
“Some initial work has taken place to remove trees and hedgerows and stiles have been put in for the public to walk.
“There also will be a few culverts put in to deal with the water from a reservoir for cleaning the vehicles.
“The officials actually said that the economic downturn stopped work on site.
“They expected it to re-start in the middle of next year so they can finish off the roadways and the reservoir.
“They think that it will be able to restart extraction in January 2014.”
ERASE fronted a campaign over 12 years and residents spoke out at two planning inquiries but were unable to take it to a judicial review.
Coun Perks added that local people had been left in the dark over what was happening on the site since initial works began in March 2011.
“After a long costly and lengthy battle this issue is still a very sore point for Euxton residents.
“As the local county councillor I intend to do all I can to ensure planning conditions are adhered to residents are quite rightly still concerned and worried about the impact this massive sand quarry will have on their community.
“I am of the opinion that this is good news.
“It still has not gone away and will not because they have the planning permission to do it.
“We need to keep people informed just so that it is not a shock to them.
“There used to mature trees and open fields on there but there will be bunds to prevent people seeing big craters and holes where the sand being extracted.
“It is heartwrenching to think that the beautiful countryside with sheep and animals and green grass is going to be stripped away.
“We have been given a bit of a stay of execution from it happening.”
The Guardian tried to contact Tarmac but they were unavailable for comment at the time of going to press.