Outrage at Midlothian Council coal mine decision

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Protestors erupted with fury at the close of a planning committee meeting after councillors approved plans for an opencast mine near Howgate.

Shouts of “shame on you” were directed at nine elected members who had supported applicant Hargreaves’ bid to extract 10 million tonnes of coal from the site at Cauldhall Moor.

Councillors Alex Bennett (Lab) and Ian Baxter (Green) made cases for and against the proposal respectively, while councillor Peter de Vink (Ind) moved that a decision be delayed and that the council employ an independent consultant to evaluate the project.

Head of Planning and Development Ian Johnson, in his report, stated that extraction of coal was necessary and in the national interest. Read full story in this week’s Advertiser. Out now.