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Villagers turn out to oppose mining plan

Early plans for Shortwood Farm were shown at public consultation in 2010.

Early plans for Shortwood Farm were shown at public consultation in 2010.

More than 80 people packed out Awsworth Village Hall for a meeting about UK Coal plans for an opencast mine between Cossall and Trowell.

The meeting, held on Friday night, was organised by Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry after UK Coal has successfully re-submitted its plan for Shortwood Farm to Nottinghamshire County Council.

Residents were urged to join a mass letter write to Nottinghamshire County Council.

Anna said: “Given it was a balmy Friday evening, the fact that so many people spent almost two hours discussing this proposal just goes to show the strength of local feeling.

“This really is about people power and I am urging everyone to write individual letters to the county council.

“Trowell Parish Council is already conducting a petition which I will present to Parliament.”

‘Noise disruption’

Awsworth councillor, Bryan Maloney, said: “People here do not want this mine.

“Although we have been told that traffic won’t come through Awsworth it will still block up roads that we use, there will be noise disruption, some people will be able to see the site and there will lots of dust created.

“People are worried about all of these things and all of the issues we have were made clear at the meeting.”

Objections must be made by June 18.

 

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