Colliery plan gets backing of MP Flint

MP Caroline Flint
MP Caroline Flint

DOZENS of jobs could be created by plans to extract almost a million tonnes of old coal from a pit tip, says an MP.

Don Valley MP Caroline Flint has given her backing to Recycoal’s regeneration plans for the former Rossington Colliery site.

The four-year project to create parkland is seen as an important stage in the regeneration of Rossington.

Material from the site will help build the planned M18 Robin Hood Airport link road.

Ms Flint met Tom Allchurch, chief executive of Doncaster-based RecyCoal Ltd, to discuss the plans.

She said: “Their plan will not only create around 70 new jobs and yield 950,000 tonnes of coal over four years, but will also create a permanent training base for RecyCoal’s future contracts both in the UK and Australia.”

Mr Allchurch added: “I hope that Rossington residents take an interest in our planning application, visit our exhibition and see the benefits that the scheme will deliver for the village.”

Plans are expected to be submitted to Doncaster Council this summer with work commencing in 2012.

An exhibition will be held shortly in Rossington for people to comment.