Coal firm’s plans joy

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RECYCOAL has promised Chapeltown residents its scheme to recover coal from Hesley Wood spoil heap will enhance the area, as well as providing much-needed jobs.

The Doncaster-based coal tip restoration business won approval this week to remove 395,000 tonnes of coal from the Sheffield site.

But the plans have met with huge local opposition, from residents and environment agencies who fear traffic and noise pollution as well as damage to wildlife habitates and vegetation.

Tom Allchurch, RecyCoal chief executive, said: “This scheme will create a visually appealing and environmentally enhancing alternative to the heap and will boost economic activity,”

Following the recovery, Recycoal plans to restore the space with 40,000 trees and new public access routes.