Concerns voiced over Midlothian coal mine plan

A campaign to block plans for an opencast mine between Rosewell and Howgate has been kickstarted.

The Stop Cauldhall Opencast group has slammed Scottish Coal’s plans for a 10 million tonne opencast coal mine at Cauldhall Moor.

Calling for county residents to object to the proposal, campaigners say that the mine will have an unacceptable impact on local communities and cause substantial environmental damage.

The group is also criticising Scottish Coal for its claims that the mine will bring jobs and economic prosperity to the area, and for stating that coal is needed in Scotland for energy security.

Objector and Loanhead resident Daya Feldwick said: “This mine is being sold to Midlothian Council on outrageous promises of jobs and money for the local economy.”

Read full story in the March 28 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.