Lancashire's last coal mine may enjoy a revival

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

AROUND 260,000 tonnes of coal still remain in what is thought to be Lancashire’s last remaining mine.

Bosses at Grimebridge Colliery, on the moors in Rossendale, predict there is another 10 years' work at the Flower Scar Lane pit.

Thousands of miners were employed in the mining industry in East Lancashire during its heyday, including pits at Hapton, Bank Hall and nearby Deerplay.

And the current seam lies on the edge of the former Ratten Clough open-cast works.

But it is envisaged that only eight people would be required to extract existing coal supplies before the end of the decade.

Planning consultant Jim Metcalfe said in a report: “The general climate surrounding demand for coal suggests that increased activity could be feasible.

"A practical approach, as envisaged, could involve the mining of about 90 tonnes, maximum, of coal a day.”

Six lorries per day are expected to leave and enter the site, and another four smaller vehicles, say the developers.

The first planning permission for a colliery at the Hill Top site dates from 1949 and the permission was last renewed, for seven years, in 2005.

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Mr Metcalfe said the mine and its workings are surrounded by low mounds and only visible from a small section of moorland.

Mining has not taken place on a consistent basis over the last 10 years and colliery bosses have paid a bond to restore the mineworks when the operation is completed in August 2021.

The Grimebridge application is set to be determined by the county council’s planning department.

The original colliery closed in 1964 but was reopened by business partners Billy Clayton and Rodney Mitchell.

Around 30 were employed there in the 1980s but eventually only Billy was left.

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5:15pm Mon 5 Sep 11

shytalk says...

Given the fact that people can no longer afford gas and that multi fuels and log burners are selling like hot cakes, it looks like they could be onto a winner with this one
Given the fact that people can no longer afford gas and that multi fuels and log burners are selling like hot cakes, it looks like they could be onto a winner with this one shytalk
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8:07pm Mon 5 Sep 11

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

Agrees! just getting ready to install my multi-fuel burner :)
Agrees! just getting ready to install my multi-fuel burner :) Michael@ClitheroeSince58
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9:42pm Mon 5 Sep 11

useyourhead says...

I have two, brilliant things once you get used to them, problem is most people are in smokeless zones and aren't supposed to burn coal.
I have two, brilliant things once you get used to them, problem is most people are in smokeless zones and aren't supposed to burn coal. useyourhead
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8:07am Tue 6 Sep 11

shytalk says...

useyourhead wrote:
I have two, brilliant things once you get used to them, problem is most people are in smokeless zones and aren't supposed to burn coal.
You can get defra approved ones these days useyourhead. They are perfectly legal to use in smokless zones
[quote][p][bold]useyourhead[/bold] wrote: I have two, brilliant things once you get used to them, problem is most people are in smokeless zones and aren't supposed to burn coal.[/p][/quote]You can get defra approved ones these days useyourhead. They are perfectly legal to use in smokless zones shytalk
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5:26pm Tue 6 Sep 11

woolywords says...

Oh typical...
No sooner have I finished tiling the bathroom and they make this announcement.
I would love to have a roaring coal fire, to toast some bread or crumpets but and here's the rub...
have coalhouse or bath to keep it in!
Oh typical... No sooner have I finished tiling the bathroom and they make this announcement. I would love to have a roaring coal fire, to toast some bread or crumpets but and here's the rub... have coalhouse or bath to keep it in! woolywords
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