Protestors concerned about the impact of an extended quarry in the mountains above Fethiye are urging locals to attend a picnic near the site next month to underline the strength of feeling against the scheme.

The site owners have applied for permission to both extend their current operations and to build a cement factory and asphalt plant above Koruköy and within a few kilometres of Yeşil Üzümlü and Incirköy.

Banners and placards

Rebranding themselves this month as the Üzümlü Environment Protection Group, expats from the area have been helping fellow Turkish protestors from across the area to make banners and placards to be displayed at the picnic on the afternoon of Friday, May 3.

More will be completed at a second event to be held at the Earth Workshop in Üzümlü from around 2.30pm on Saturday (April 27).

But the group is urging as many people as possible to gather from around 1.30pm on May 3 to attend the picnic near Koruköy, timed to coincide with a visit by representatives from the quarry firm who are hoping to explain their proposals for expansion to local villagers.

Pollution fears

Similar expansion plans for the quarry were defeated in 2007 on environmental grounds.

Experts warned dust and air pollution could have a serious impact on agriculture in the area, perhaps reaching as far as Fethiye itself.

However, locals also fear a larger quarry would damage tourism and have a detrimental impact on property prices.

A fighting fund has been established with those opposed to the proposals have been encouraged to donate through a GoFundMe page to help cover the cost of legal representation should the debate over the quarry expansion be referred to the courts.

In the meantime, more background information about the campaign is available from the group’s Facebook page.

Locals with their placards protesting over plans for the new quarry above Yeşil Üzümlü and İncirköy back in March