County planners oppose more work at East Pit
6:00am Wednesday 16th October 2013 in News
COUNTY planners have voted to oppose plans to extend extraction work at East Pit in the Amman Valley.
Members backed a report by officers stating that further extension of the opecast site would “significantly extend the period of disturbance” for residents living near operations close to Gwaun cae Gurwen.
Brynaman councillor Glynog Davies has previously voiced concerns that East Pit had continued to be mined by Celtic Energy after planning permission expired last November.
He is also unhappy that the proposals include the creation of a large lake which, he said, would be “dangerously deep”.
Under the proposals, extraction at the mine – which borders Brynaman, Cwmgors, Gwaun cae Gurwen and Cefnbrynbrain – would be extended to November 2015.
Around one million tonnes of coal remains within the previously permitted area with a further 630,000 tonnes estimated to be within the proposed extension area of around 9.1 hectares of open grassland.
The East Pit site covers an area of 585 hectares and outline planning for the area includes a county park, a 120- bed hotel complex, 78 holiday lodges, a campsite, visitors centre, dive centre and the large recreational lake which it is hoped would attract tourists.
If approved, work would begin once coal reserves ran out in 2018. But the committee agreed to oppose the extension and head of planning Eifion Bowen said the plans might be called in by the Welsh Assembly.
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