Scottish Coal submit application for 4 million tonne Glentaggart East as Coal Lorry smashes into a building on the A701 Comment May 13th, 2011
As the long awaited submission to South Lanarkshire Council of the full application to mine 4 million tonnes of coal from the so-called “satelite” Glentaggart East mine has finally happened, there has been yet another accident on the A70 involving a coal HGV. This time, a Scottish Coal lorry smashed into a building at Hyndford Bridge, tipping its load, downing power lines, and resulting in hours long road closure and clean-up operation.
This accident follows one last month in Glespin, and another shortly before new year in Rigside. It also follows a recent traffic assessment carried out by Coal Action Scotland which showed that 89.3% of HGVs bore no placard indicating their origin, and 95.4% did not carry a “Well Driven?” phone number to call. Both of these are requirements for all coal HGV’s as dictated by Section 75 agreements signed between Scottish Coal and South Lanarkshire Council.
Regarding the Glentaggart East application, a South Lanarkshire Council IT mishap means that as yet there is no application number, no case officer, and nowhere to send objections to. We will let you know as soon a objections can be made!