Two meetings against mine plan on cards

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

OPPONENTS to the plan to create a huge opencast mine between Ilkeston, Trowell and Cossall can have their say at two public meetings this month.

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

Politicians have 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.

Lorries would travel up the A6002 to junction 26 of the M1 and then on to Radcliffe-on-Soar power station.

Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry said she hopes to see residents form an action group against the plan at the first public meeting about the proposals at Trowell Parish Hall at 3.30pm on Sunday.

“I am very keen that this is a grassroots campaign,” she said.

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

But she warned there is 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.”

Residents are asked to bring ideas about how to fight the plan to the meeting.

A second meeting is planned for Friday May 25 at Awsworth Parish Hall.

Anyone who misses either meeting can email for an update.

UK Coal’s plan is available to view on the county council website. Comments must be received by June 18.