An MP has renewed calls for plans to mine ‘DH Lawrence land’ to be shelved after suggesting the site would cause tens of thousands of lorry trips in just five years.
Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry made the claim after a meeting with Communities Secretary Eric Pickles to discuss the future of the opencast project in Trowell.
Conservative Ms Soubry said: “I showed Eric the planned route of 112 HGV lorry journeys each day for almost five years, to take enough coal to burn for a mere 16 weeks.
“The route up to Nuthall roundabout is already hugely over congested and it is difficult to see how the roads can cope with this 112 HGV trips a day.”
Nottinghamshire County Council gave permission for the site to be mined in December, however Mr Pickles has since halted the process and is considering whether to “call-in” the application.
This would mean that the minister could decide on the plans himself.