The site was controversial, like all of the other opencast sites, because no one wants to live next to an opencast coal mine. Additionally, in this case there was the history of the site where 78 men and boys died in a mining disaster and some of the bodies are entombed deep in the old mine shaft. Even the National Union of Miners was against this mine because the history of the deep mine on the same site.
Well done to everyone who fought this application and who were determined to ensure their area be protected from future damage from the coal industry.
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