Residents’ fears over plan for pit tip

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A COAL recycling company has assured residents near a pit tip it plans to reclaim that the project will cause minimal disruption.

However, Ecclesfield Parish Council heard people living near the old Thorpe Hesley Colliery tip are concerned about the possible disruption and danger the three-year project may create.

RecyCoal Waste Coal Solutions plans to remove coal from the tip which had not been used for since the pit closed in the 1970s and then landscape the area with woodland, dry grassland and wetland and the provision of a network of footpaths.

The company said it was conscious of the potential effects of the works on neighbours and would ensure the works caused minimal disruption.

It said it was also consulting Sheffield Council’s ecology department about its plans.

RecyCoal is also consulting with local organisations and would be holding a public meeting to explain what it was planning and to discuss any concerns from residents .

Graham Oxley, Lib Dem parish councillor for Chapeltown, said coal and waste from the tip would be removed by lorry direct to the nearby M1, avoiding Chapeltown, and, long term, the project would be good for the area.