Transport Minister John Hayes came to Broxtowe to support Conservative candidate, Anna Soubry, and local Councillors who have been campaigning against a planned open cast coal mine between Trowell and Cossall. Nuthall Councillor Philip Owen and Councillor Lydia Ball from Awsworth and Anna are working to persuade the Highways Agency to allow access to and from the site via Trowell services directly on to the M1. Anna said “Notts County Council have granted permission for the open cast despite local opposition. Although we will still campaign against the site, if it does open next year there will be up to 20 HGV lorry journeys every hour over Trowell Moor, up to Nuthall roundabout and then on to the M1 with a return journey on the same route. A better idea is to avoid that long journey on already overly congested road and allow UK Coal’s lorries direct access onto the M1.” Transport Minister John Hayes saw the planned route and the sense of the argument. He has agreed to write to the Highway Agency, asking them to consider the proposals.