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Midlothian Council approves massive Cauldhall application but campaign continues
November 20, 2013
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Yesterday Midlothian Council voted 9 to 5 in favour of Hargreaves Services’ (foremerly Scottish Coal’s) application to mine 10 million tonnes of coal from Cauldhall, a site the size of 1000 football pitches that will mean the destruction of a family home and a lorry entering or leaving the site every 3 minutes. Angry shouts from local residents and campaigners filled the chamber in Dalkeith after the final vote was cast, and earlier in the day a protest had taken place outside the council building. Action group Stop Cauldhall Opencast has expressed its dismay at the result and have described it as a “travesty of the planning process”. Campaigners have also vowed to continue the fight.

Read the Stop Cauldhall Opencast press release here: http://stopopencast.org.uk/?p=454

Support the campaign here: http://stopopencast.org.uk/

Media coverage of the decision here:

STV
Scotsman
BBC Scotland
Herald Scotland
Midlothian Advertiser
Edinburgh Evening News