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MINERS REJECT FLINTSHIRE'S PIT BUYOUT PLAN

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Miners at a north Wales colliery threatened with closure have rejected Flintshire CC's suggestion of a workers' buy...
Miners at a north Wales colliery threatened with closure have rejected Flintshire CC's suggestion of a workers' buyout.

The Point of Ayr pit, owned by RJB Mining and employing 230 staff, will now close despite the efforts of the council, which is concerned about the impact of redundancies on the community.

Flintshire leader Tom Middlehurst said: 'It is very disappointing that this decision has had to be taken . . . there has been a tremendous effort by all concerned to look at whether or not a buyout was possible.'

Mr Middlehurst pledged that Flintshire, neighbouring councils and the Welsh Development Agency would urgently consider measures to create new employment opportunities for laid-off miners.
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