Anna Soubry pledges to fight open cast mining plans

“We anticipated the application” said Anna “back in 2009 UK Coal indicated they were likely to make an application and I organised public meetings in Trowell and Cossall.”

The plans are for surface mining to extract 1.5 million tonnes of coal and firclay. Four lorries an hour would go through Trowell, upto Nuthall roundabout, onto the M1 and along the A453 to Radcliffe-on-Soar Power Station.

“Open cast mining is always unsightly and if these plans go ahead it would mean the loss and scarring of a considerable amount of Green Belt land which is also some of the loveliest land in Nottinghamshire”.

Anna is also concerned about the affec to people living near to the site as well as the extra congestion on roads already unable to cope with existing levels of traffic.

“UK Coal won their application last time round and it was only a judicial intervention that stopped the plans going ahead so this will be a tough fight”. Parish, Borough and County Councillors from all the areas affected by the plans have pledged their opposition “We met at the end of 2010 and agreed to work together” said Anna “there is all party opposition to the application and I have invited all our elected representatives to another meeting”.

Public meetings will be called in the next few weeks in the Trowell and Cossall area.

Visit the web page on the Home Page for more details of the application, how to have your save and to join the campaign.