Residents given reassurance on tip reclamation

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A COAL recycling business boss has reassured people living near a former pit spoil heap which is to be reclaimed that carcinogenic materials in the tip will not pose a health risk to residents.

Brian Tinnion, UK development director at Doncaster-based RecyCoal, made the pledge to a crowded meeting of over 200 people called by Sheffield Council’s Northern Community Assembly.

The meeting was about plans for Hesley Wood spoil heap next to the former Smithy Wood Colliery.

Mr Tinnion said the company plans to recover coal deposits totalling nearly 400,000 tonnes from the 50-hectare site off Cowley Lane, Chapeltown, for power stations and then restore it into a park and recreation area planting 41,000 trees.

He told residents the area where contamination had been found would not be disturbed and only used for stockpiling.

He said potential risks associated with disturbing the material outweighed the risks of leaving it undisturbed.

A cover system will be installed to mitigate the long term risk to human health, he added.

The application will be considered by Sheffield Council.