Yesterday Midlothian Council voted 9 to 5 in favour of Hargreaves Services’ (foremerly Scottish Coal’s) application to mine 10 million tonnes of coal from Cauldhall, a site the size of 1000 football pitches that will mean the destruction of a family home and a lorry entering or leaving the site every 3 minutes. Angry shouts from local residents and campaigners filled the chamber in Dalkeith after the final vote was cast, and earlier in the day a protest had taken place outside the council building. Action group Stop Cauldhall Opencast has expressed its dismay at the result and have described it as a “travesty of the planning process”. Campaigners have also vowed to continue the fight.
Read the Stop Cauldhall Opencast press release here: http://stopopencast.org.uk/?p=454
Support the campaign here: http://stopopencast.org.uk/
Media coverage of the decision here:
Edinburgh Evening News