Cousland campaign group back to fight Airfield Farm Open Cast Mine plans

Maya Pearson pictured in 2010 during the original opposition to the plans to create an open cast mine at Airfield Farm with the site of the proposed opencast mine in the background

Maya Pearson pictured in 2010 during the original opposition to the plans to create an open cast mine at Airfield Farm with the site of the proposed opencast mine in the background

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The campaign group that successfully fought off controversial plans for an open cast mine in 2010 are back to fight a renewed plan.

Communities Against Airfield Open Cast (CAAOC) were stunned to discover that Airfield Farm, Cousland, had reappeared as a proposed area of search for opencast coalmining in the new Midlothian Local Development Plan.

Dougie McKenzie, chairman of the campaign group said: “If Midlothian councillors give their approval to this proposal, the risk of a multi-million pound restoration bill to restore the landscape at Airfield landing at the door of Midlothian Council in the future cannot be ignored.

“We are hoping that our councillors will again see sense and remove Airfield Farm from the Development Plan as an area of search.”

Read more on this story in the August 29 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.