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Coal: Douglas Valley Residents take action

Coal Action Scotland gears up for more action.

ImageIn December 2011, South Lanarkshire council approved Scottish Coal’s proposal for a huge open-cast coal mine near the village of Glespin.

This was the nineteenth open-cast-related consent they had given, but they took this particular decision with no consultation whatsoever. Indeed the community were not even informed about it at the time.

Residents have an ongoing campaign against open-cast mines. Now two actions are being brought against the council through judicial reviews. These focus on the approval process for Glentaggart East and how lorries are being redirected through the villages despite assurances from all parties, including the Scottish government, that this wouldn’t happen.

Coal Action Scotland are hosting a week-long action camp in the Douglas Valley 12-18 July to oppose new and existing opencast mining and to support communities in their efforts against it.

Topics: Climate Change