Spoil tip recovery plan jobs boost

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PLANS to reclaim 3.3 million cubic metres of colliery spoil from a site on the edge of Sheffield have been submitted for approval by council bosses in a move which could create up to 35 jobs.

RecyCoal Limited, based in Doncaster, is applying for consent to recovery usable coal from the spoil then restore the Hesley Wood spoil heap in Chapeltown.

Subject to receiving planning permission, construction of a processing plant at the site will start early 2013 with coal recovery operations commencing later in the year.

The Hesley Wood spoil heap was used for the disposal of colliery waste from the former Smithy Wood Colliery. Approximately 3.3 million cubic metres of waste material will be processed, producing 395,000 tonnes of coal.

After operations finish, the site will be ‘reclaimed and restored’ to public open space providing enhanced biodiversity.

Restoration of the site will create new woodland, grassland and wetland habitats. Woodland areas will cover approximately 22 hectares with the planting of over 40,000 trees. Dry grassland and wetlands will occupy a further 22 hectares with access for public recreation facilitated via a series of footpaths and bridleways throughout the site.

Tom Allchurch, RecyCoal chief executive, said: “Our proposed scheme will create a visually appealing and environmentally enhancing alternative to the spoil heap that currently occupies the site. And create much needed jobs and economic activity. I hope that residents in the Chapeltown area of Sheffield will take an active interest in our proposals.”