Controversial Crofton and Sharlston open cast mining scheme - decision due in the autumn

Sharlston cllrs and residents with petitions against plans for open cast mining in the village.
Sharlston cllrs and residents with petitions against plans for open cast mining in the village.

Controversial plans for an opencast mining scheme between Crofton and Sharlston are expected to go before a council committee this autumn.

UK Coal met with Crofton Parish Council last month to discuss people’s concerns about the scheme, which would see more than a million tons of coal excavated from land between New Sharslton, Crofton and Warmfield during afour-and-a-half year period.

Parish council chairman Trevor Chalkley said people living on Cambridge Crescent and Kendal Rise were concerned about noise and dust.

The parish council also wants assurances that extra traffic would not make Doncaster Road more dangerous than it already is.

George Balaam, of Sharlston Parish Council and Stop Opencast at Sharlston (SOS), said Sharlston residents were still concerned about road safety, health issues and the impact on house prices.

A spokeswoman for UK Coal said a health impact report would be published before the end of the summer.

She added: “We’re still engaging with the community as the application progresses and have had a number of constructive conversations with residents lately.”

UK Coal said the scheme would created up to 90 jobs.