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NEW COAL CONTRACTORS CLEANING UP ACT WITH AUTHORITIES

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The Times carries a feature on the role of local authorities in ensuring that the new, privatised coal industry, wi...
The Times carries a feature on the role of local authorities in ensuring that the new, privatised coal industry, with its economic preference for open-cast mining, maintains the landscape as best as possible (p27).

Whereas deep mines are longer lasting, open-cast pits are ephemeral but economically preferred. However, there is the inevitable scar on the landscape.

In granting planning permission to the new consortia, local authorities must balance between environmental and employment issues. 'Derelict land reclamation' is a third factor which is becoming a popular and desired solution, the paper reports.

An example is the Merthyr Restoration Scheme, whereby the mineral extracting contractor Celtic, formerly British Coal in the region, is engaged in reclaiming 800 acres of derelict land.

This will involve diverting and upgrading a trunk road, and providing access to new industrial development sites and recreational land. Collaboration with local authorities has been crucial.
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