Anna Soubry MP takes Open Cast petition to Secretary of State

Anna Soubry MP has today written to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles MP, with a petition of over 1,200 signatures in opposition to an open cast mine at Shortwood Farm in the constituency.

Trowell Parish Council organised the petition at short notice following Nottinghamshire County Council’s decision in December to allow UK Coal to begin open cast mining at Shortwood Farm, a 325 acre site of Green Belt land between Trowell and Cossall.

Anna said, “This petition goes to show the considerable local opposition to the proposed open cast site. I have already met with the Secretary of State in January after having written to him last year requesting that he “call-in” the application, a decision he is due to make by the end of the month. I have asked that he take this petition into consideration when making his decision.”