No to Trowell Open Cast

14th February 2014: Anna Soubry has today written to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles MP, with a petition of over 1,200 signatures in opposition to an open cast mine at Shortwood Farm in the constituency.

Trowell Parish Council organised the petition at short notice following Nottinghamshire County Council’s decision in December to allow UK Coal to begin open cast mining at Shortwood Farm, a 325 acre site of Green Belt land between Trowell and Cossall.

Anna said, “This petition goes to show the considerable local opposition to the proposed open cast site. I have already met with the Secretary of State in January after having written to him last year requesting that he “call-in” the application, a decision he is due to make by the end of the month. I have asked that he take this petition into consideration when making his decision.”

6th January 2014: Anna Soubry has met the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles MP, and asked him to "call in" Nottinghamshire County Council's decision to allow UK Coal to begin Open Cast mining at Shortwood Farm, a 325 acre site of Green Belt land between Trowell and Cossall.  

After years of uncertainty for local people after a series of failed applications, the County Council's planning committee passed UK Coal's application by a slim margin on 10th December 2013.

 Anna said "This application should go to a public inquiry.I have always been opposed to this application, and have held a number of public meetings, both before and after my election as the local MP. It will take five years' of noise, dust and destruction of Green Belt land to produce only four months' of coal for Radcliffe on Soar power station. 

Furthermore, the applicant, UK Coal is in administration and I am extremely concerned that the bonds they must put up to guarantee the land is restored, are sufficient and can be honoured. 

As those who live in Trowell and Cossall know, the roads in this part of the constituency are already overly congested and the preparation of the site and then extraction of coal will make them intolerable. As such, I will also specifically raise this issue with the Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin when he visits the constituency in the New Year.

I have also been contacted by some members of SOCO (Shortwood Farm Open Cast Opposition) and have asked to meet them as a matter of urgency."

You can read both Anna's letter to Secretary of State and information on the application below: