Talke’s Labour Team has expressed concern at plans by UK Coal to create a new open cast mine at the Great Oak site near Talke.
Labour Councillors and local MP Joan Walley have expressed their concern at plans by UK Coal Surface to remove 450,000 tonnes of coal from an area of natural beauty. The Great Oak site, to the west of Talke Pits, is close to former Diglake Colliery where 80 men and boys drowned in an underground flood in 1895.
The Company wish to work the site for 2 ½ years and claim the coal reserves will ‘support the UKs energy mix and keep bills affordable.’ Councillor John Taylor said, “There are, rightly, concerns from local residents about the impact that this could have on them and their homes”. John added, “Questions still remain about the potential restoration plans, traffic movements and the sensitive nature of the site.”
The scoping plans have been submitted to Staffordshire County Council and your Labour Team will be speaking to local people and ensuring your views are heard at the County Council.
At Kidsgrove Town Council I asked Councillors to object to any mine that could affect the lives of Talke residents. The objection was carried unanimously.
An organised walk to save Great Oak/Diglake will take place on Saturday 16th March 2013 to begin at 9.30am on Audley and District Community Centre and going on a specific route to the Monument. All families and friends and anyone opposing the proposals are welcome to join in at any point along the way. It will be a day of remembrance and respect for those still entombed and an opportunity for the public to see that they are not alone.
Councillor Kyle Robinson