Locals angry at coal extraction plans

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PLANS to extract coal from land the size of 40 football pitches near hundreds of homes have been met with concern from residents.

Mining company, Provectus, has released proposals for a three-year opencast mining scheme in north Derbyshire, involving 30 hectares of farmland west of the A61 Derby Road between Old Tupton and Clay Cross Library.

But nearby residents say the scheme – which will see 175,000 tonnes of coal extracted – will cause noise pollution, dust, and traffic problems – and the amount of coal is only enough to keep a power station going for a few weeks.

John Gregory, aged 59, of Woodland Way, Old Tupton, said: “Whatever they say there is going to be noise and dust and we have a lot of bungalows around here with elderly folks who are in their homes every day.”

Provectus has outlined sent a letter to residents and will hold public consultation meetings on May 25 and 26.

See protest site www.hilltopproject.com or Provectus site www.hilltop-project.com.