Sheffield & South Yorkshire

Bullcroft Colliery coal waste to be reclaimed from tip

A scheme to sell 280,000 tonnes of coal mined from a waste mound at a former colliery site is to go before a South Yorkshire council.

The former Bullcroft Colliery tip in Carcroft, near Doncaster, is currently used as an area of community parkland.

A report to Doncaster Council proposes the residual coal deposits would be "sufficiently large to make their recovery a viable proposition".

The mining waste was accumulated before Bullcroft Colliery closed in 1970.

Royalty per tonne

The coal is the property of the council but may only be extracted with the consent of the UK Coal Authority.

The project could take three years to complete and the council would receive money for each tonne of coal recovered, according to the report.

It also suggests 10p per tonne of coal sold could be respent in the area - about £28,000.

Once the tip has been mined the ground would be reinstated as community parkland.

If the scheme proves successful, the council owns a number of other former colliery tip sites that could be used in a similar way, the report said.

The report is to be considered by the council's cabinet on 6 November.

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