Nuthall traffic fears for mine

Early plans for Shortwood Farm were shown at public consultation in 2010.
Early plans for Shortwood Farm were shown at public consultation in 2010.

BROXTOWE MP Anna Soubry has called on all parish and town councils near to the proposed site of a huge opencast mine in DH Lawrence land to join the fight against the plan amid concerns about the traffic impact on our area.

UK Coal has successfully re-submitted its plan for Shortwood Farm to Nottinghamshire County Council and residents cannow write to the authority with comments.

A meeting about the plans will be held at Trowell Parish Hall at 3.20pm on Sunday – with a second meeting planned for Friday May 25 at Awsworth Parish Hall.

And Ms Soubry called on more local councils to get involved as traffic could effect the whole area including Nuthall Island which residents say is already a nightmare.

Under the proposals, lorries would travel up the A6002 to Nuthall Island before joining the M1 at junction 26 and then heading on to Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station.

Local politicians have already pledged cross party support for residents who oppose the scheme, which, if approved, could see 1.275m tonnes of coal mined from the 320-acre site over five years.

“I am very keen that this is a grassroots campaign.

“We need to have a weight of numbers behind it,” she said.

But she warned there was a lot of work to be done to successfully fight UK Coal.

“When you start to do environmental objections and geological surveys, you have got to pay for them,” she said.

Anyone who misses either meeting can email anna.soubry.mp@parliament.uk for an update.

UK Coal’s plan is available to view on the county council website www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk.

Comments must be received by June 18.