Thoresby: pit closure decision is ‘a personal tragedy

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Notts County Council leader Coun Alan Rhodes has expressed his ‘disappointment and dismay’ at the announcement that not more is to be done to prevent the closure of Thoresby Colliery

Hundreds of years of coal mining tradition in the county is set to end next year as the pit’s operator, UK Coal, embarks on an 18 month ‘managed closure’ of the last deep mine Notts.

The Government is providing a £10 million loan to UK Coal to carry out the closure by October 2015, despite estimates that there are at least five years’ worth of coal reserves still underground.


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