Documents submitted to South Lanarkshire Council have shown that Scottish Coal are requesting an extension and alteration of the planning application for the highly controversial opencast coal mine at Mainshill. Throughout its history, this mine has faced significant objection and resistance from local communities; in part because of its proximity to the local Lady Home Hospital.
Last year, Scottish Coal applied for and were rapidly granted, approval for an extension to working hours at Mainshill leading to almost 24hr disturbance for local residents. According to South Lanarkshire Council’s enforcement officer for the planning department (at the time), Roger Dick, this alteration was granted, “to make up for the poor working conditions over winter, leading to a reduced profitability for the company”. See here for further details on this particular issue.
These latest changes will bring the site within a few meters of residents at New Mains Home Farm and yet closer to the communities of Douglas. It also provides yet another example where Scottish Coal and their apologists at the council, will do little of what they promise and much of what they say they wont do.