More opposition to mining plan
FURTHER concerns have been raised over plans for a new opencast mine.
Members of Kidsgrove Town Council have agreed to formally object over UK Coal's proposals to extract 450,000 tonnes of coal from a site at Great Oak, Bignall End.
The firm wants to remove coal from the 200-acre site over the next 15 months.
But councillors say the project would cause misery to nearby residents.
Councillor John Taylor said: "I am not in favour of digging up grassed areas for coal. It will also cause problems for residents and those who use the surrounding roads."
It is estimated that roughly 60 people would be employed on the scheme, which would be the first commercial coal mining in North Staffordshire since the closure of Silverdale Colliery in 1998.
The 200-acre site is close to the former Diglake Colliery, where 78 men and boys drowned in an underground flood in January 1895.
Councillor David Stringer said: "We will be the ones getting the disruption and won't get anything from it."