The first new mine application since the collapse of the Scottish coal industry and take-over by vultures Hargreaves has been recommended for approval, despite no changes being made to the system that allowed Scottish Coal and ATH Resources to walk away and wipe their hands of their sites and responsibilities.
The Planning Officer’s report issued ahead of Tuesday’s decision meeting has recommended approval for Cauldhall opencast, ignoring Midlothian’s own local plan and many of the arguments of local residents. See what Stop Cauldhall Opencast have to say about it here.
Stop Cauldhall Opencast are calling for a protest ahead of the Planning Committee meeting on Tuesday 19th to show councillors that strength of opposition to the plans. Please come and support our campaign and say no to opencast. 13:00, Tuesday 19th November, Council Chambers, Midlothian House, Buccleuch St, Dalkeith. Facebook page here.