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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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Revolving door between planning department and Scottish Coal explains new South Lanarkshire minerals plan

South Lanarkshire Council (SLC) have just announced a 6 week consultation on the proposed new minerals plan, setting out areas of recoverable coal that the planning department would accept applications for open cast mines on. Whats the major difference between the new one, and the old one from 2002? As a Douglas resident put it: the “mysterious appearance of gray matter”. The proposed minerals plan highlights great swathes of land in the Douglas Valley, as well as huge new areas in northern South Lanarkshire around Forth, East Kilbride and Larkhall, as having recoverable coal deposits – a massive increase from the previous plan. The new plan is also a number of years early, the Council say that this is because changes to planning legislation mean that it’s time to update it. … Read entire article »

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