Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry is continuing her campaign to minimise potential disruption faced by local residents, despite Nottinghamshire County Council’s announcement that they have given final planning consent to UK Coal’s new opencast mine at Shortwood Farm, Trowell.
The opencast mine, which received conditional consent from the County Council in December 2013, will extract 1.275 million tonnes of coal and 250,000 tonnes of fireclay over 4 years and 9 months.
Anna has been working with the County Council and UK Coal to seek permission to allow HGVs using the site to access the M1 through Trowell Services. The current route plans to take HGVs an extra 10km on local roads to access the motorway at Junction 26.
Anna said: “It’s a pity that Nottinghamshire County Council have given final agreement to the opencast mine without sorting out problems with the route first. At its peak, there will be 68 HGVs leaving and exiting the site every day and this will cause real disruption to already heavily congested local roads.”
“All parties involved see the common sense in allowing HGVs to access the M1 through Trowell Services, which is right next to Shortwood Farm. The problem is that Highways England’s policy currently won’t allow it.”
“I met Transport Minister Andrew Jones about this earlier in the week and I will continue to work hard to find a proper resolution that will minimise any disruption to the surrounding community.”