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Council admits it has no power of enforcement as Scottish Coal says “sorry”

Last Tuesday’s Mainshill Open Cast Coal Site Community Liaison meeting, held in the Glespin Hall, revealed substantial information on just how negligent South Lanarkshire Council has been in enforcing the planning conditions it imposed on Scottish Coal when it approved an application to mine 1.7 million tonnes of coal from Mainshill Wood. There were also startling revelations around how poorly the council monitors and enforces restoration at Scottish Coal’s sites in the Douglas Valley, such as at Dalquhandy, which is still unrestored after almost a decade after mining operations ceased. Community Liaison meetings have become a focal point for people in the Douglas Valley area to voice their anger at Scottish Coal and South Lanarkshire Council over the impacts that open cast coal mining has on their lives, and for the … Read entire article »

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Scottish Coal threatens Council with job cuts – but will they fall for it?

Last week Scottish Coal bosses sprung the news of up to 200 job cuts on their employees, calling a mass meeting of workers at the Broken Cross site in South Lanarkshire. That’s a fifth of their entire workforce in Scotland. Up to 50 employees could lose their jobs in the Douglas Valley with 30 going at Glentaggart as the mine comes to a close. Where the others are to go isn’t clear. One Scottish Coal employee working in the Douglas Valley is reported to have said that they felt this was a case of the company “pointing a pistol at the head of the council” to ensure planning permission for new developments was granted. He continued: “When you look at these proposals, already being talked about with the council, plus those which … Read entire article »

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