Campaigners from Cowley Residents Action Group (CRAG) welcome the news that RecyCoal is not going to work the site at Hesley Wood Tip.
Sheffield County Council approved the application early in 2013 despite strong local opposition.
The coal company immediately felled all the trees on the site, but never then started on extraction or building the coal washing facility. RecyCoal have since acknowledged that the low international coal price means that the site will not be worked. As the council consider the site not to have been started the restoration bond has not been activated to remediate the site as all of the trees have been clear felled.
In relation to all the trees having been felled, Jean, from CRAG said, ‘At least we haven’t got an opencast mine on our doorstep operating for 4 years.” After two years the trees are starting to grow back. The site runs next to the M1 and the local people were using the area extensively for dog walking and access to nature.
RecyCoal has also stopped work at Rossington Colliery in Doncaster because of the low international coal price.
CRAG are continuing to fight for their area with a campaign against a proposal to build a motorway service station in an ancient woodland opposite the site where the coal application was approved.
For more info check out www.cowleyrag.com