Welbeck Collery site could become recreation area under new plans

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SPOIL heaps at the former Welbeck Colliery could be landscaped and transformed into grass and woodland areas under new plans submitted last week.

UK Coal and Tetron Point want to restore the site and open it to the public by creating ponds, walks and picnic areas.

The plans, which were received by Nottinghamshire County Council, require around 1.9m tonnes of material to be imported onto the site, much of it by the existing railway line.

Members of the public, businesses and other interested groups are being urged to check out the proposal.

Sally Gill, group manager planning for the council, said: “This is a very important application and I would urge residents and businesses in Meden Vale and the surrounding communities to have a look at the plans and let us know their views in the next few weeks.”

Welbeck Colliery ceased coal production in May 2010 and the owners of former spoil tips have a legal obligation to implement restoration schemes within a set period.

Community leaders in Meden Vale and Warsop want to see wider development of the whole site and jobs created.

County councillor John Allin said: “I get frustrated sometimes that we are not moving fast enough but people say at other sites it has taken 10 to 15 years and we have only been two or three.

“We want to see employment created there and everyone is working in that direction.”

The plan involves the creation of new grassland and woodland areas, ponds, wetland planting, footpaths, picnic areas and viewpoints.

It is available to view at www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/planningsearch using the reference number ES/2510.

Hard copies are available to view at Warsop Library and the deadline for comments is 18th July.