Anger over Cossall opencast mine proposal

Residents of a Nottinghamshire village have said they are ready to fight plans for an opencast mine.

UK Coal has confirmed it will hold consultation events over a possible 130-hectare (322 acre) mine at Shortwood Farm in Cossall.

But villagers have said any such development would put heavy traffic on rural roads and ruin the countryside.

They added that they were confident of success as previous applications to work the area had been blocked.

The first attempt to start opencast mining at the site was in 1990 and a number of applications have since been turned down.

Six-year 'nightmare'

Richard Robinson, Broxtowe borough councillor for Kimberley and Cossall, said: "If there is one issue which unites people in the area it is total opposition to this."

He added: "We can't fight this ourselves but we will unite, organise and get outside help."

Conservative MP for Broxtowe Anna Soubry said any damage done by the mine could not be put right.

"The effect this will have on our countryside is enormous. Opencast mining is a very unpleasant sight to see and it does long-term damage.

"I accept UK Coal has a duty to restore the land but actually they cannot remake what it is now with the ancient hedgerows and trees.

"And for six years it will be a nightmare."

A spokesman for UK Coal said the proposals were at a very early stage and it could take up to 12 months of consultation before a formal application was considered.

The consultation meetings are at Trowell Parish Hall on 17 October and Awsworth Parish Hall on 21 October.

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