Broxtowe MP, Anna Soubry, has promised to keep on fighting against UK Coal’s plans for an opencast coal mine at Shortwood between Trowell and Cossall.
The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, has decided not to ‘call-in’ the application, despite Anna’s request last year.
Labour controlled Nottinghamshire County Council voted in favour of UK Coal’s application to mine the site in December 2013, in spite of fierce opposition by local residents.
People were not only concerned about the noise, dust and pollution caused by mining, but the damage that this application would cause to a significant part of Broxtowe’s much-loved Green Belt.
Anna said: “The fight to see off open cast coal mining is not over. It seems Notts County Council still have the final say and I will be seeking an urgent meeting with them to make sure the application complies with environmental regulations.
We also need cast iron guarantees that UK Coal which is in severe financial difficulty will be able to make good the site after they have extracted the coal and fire clay.
Eric took a long time to come to his decision and in the end had to bow to a decision made at a local level. It was always going to be tough to see off the application but we will keep fighting it and I hope Notts County Council will support the local people who are so opposed to open cast mining.”