SEVENTY jobs could be created by plans to extract almost a million tonnes of old coal from a Doncaster pit tip.
The four-year recycling project would create the work and clean up an eyesore which has overshadowed the village of Rossington for years.
It is seen as an important stage in the regeneration of Rossington which will be carried out in conjunction with the planned FARRRS road scheme - airport link road - and the inland port which has already been given planning consent.
Don Valley MP Caroline Flint has welcomed the plans after meeting with Tom Allchurch, chief executive of Doncaster-based RecyCoal Ltd, to discuss their scheme to create 70 new jobs and a training centre for their business.
Caroline said: “The first stage of FARRRS and the Inland Port involves cleaning up a 13 million tonne colliery tip and RecyCoal have got the expertise and plan in place to do this.
“Their plan will not only create around 70 new jobs and yield 950,000 tonnes of coal over four years, but will also create a permanent training base for RecyCoal’s future contracts both in the UK and Australia.”
Mr Allchurch added: “I was delighted Caroline Flint was keen to see RecyCoal’s plans for Rossington succeed, creating important jobs and laying the foundations for FARRRS and construction of the Inland Port.
“I hope that Rossington residents take an interest in our planning application, visit our exhibition and see the benefits that the scheme will deliver for the village.”
RecyCoal uses an environmentally sustainable process to clean colliery spoil.
The material is washed, recycling 90 per cent of the water used, recovering the rejected coal.
The cleaning will be followed by six months of restoration work, creating meadows and footpaths.
Plans are expected to be submitted to Doncaster Council this summer with work commencing in 2012.
An exhibition will be held shortly in Rossington for people to comment.