Earlier this month Coal Action Network group, CAGOO heard that UK Coal are no longer pursuing their application to mine at Great Oak near Newcastle under Lyme.
The site was controversial, like all of the other opencast sites, because no one wants to live next to an opencast coal mine. Additionally, in this case there was the history of the site where 78 men and boys died in a mining disaster and some of the bodies are entombed deep in the old mine shaft. Even the National Union of Miners was against this mine because the history of the deep mine on the same site.
Well done to everyone who fought this application and who were determined to ensure their area be protected from future damage from the coal industry.
From Staffordshire Council website.
Land at Bignall End, Newcastle under Lyme (the Great Oak site) (ref N.14/03/2013 M)
20 February 2014 – UK Coal Surface Mines Ltd submitted an application for proposed surface coal mining and restoration.
November 2014 it was announced that staff employed by UK Coal Surface Mines Ltd had been transferred to UKCSMR and that Price Waterhouse Cooper were acting as administrators.
27 January 2015 – we wrote to Price Waterhouse Cooper to ask them to clarify the latest position regarding the planning application.
5 February 2015 – Price Waterhouse Cooper have WITHDRAWN the planning application. The planning application file has therefore been closed.