Campaigners fight another mining plan

Neil Paget at the site of the Denby opencast mine access will be.
Neil Paget at the site of the Denby opencast mine access will be.

Campaigners in Smalley are calling on Derbyshire County Council to say no to another opencast mining plan near the village.

The George Farm plan would see LEM Resources mine the site between Smalley and Denby over the next three years, with councillors set to make a decision on the application on Monday.

Neil Paget of the Smalley Action Group says the extra 64 vehicle movements each day on the A608 would cause untold misery for villagers.

He has gained support from national lobbying group Loose Anti-Opencasting Network (LAON)which helps resident groups all over the country fight large scale mining plans.

Steve Leary of LAON said the group is supporting Smalley Action Group because LEM Resources plans are ‘unnecessary’.

Mr Paget has urged anyone concerned about the plan to attend the proposed entrance to the mine at the former Spice Mistress restaurant on Main Road, Smalley, at 11am on Monday.

Councillors will be there to assess the site before they vote on the application.

LEM Resources says the mine would create 50 jobs.