“Coking coal is essential for the steel industry and this has been rightly recognised.”
POSTSCRIPT 3RD NOVEMBER
I want to add to the above post that when the County Council's development control committee discussed the West Cumbria Mining application on Thursday 31st October and ratified their decision to support the grant of planning permission for the mine, they did so on the following basis:
1) That there would be an addendum to the original wording in respect of the Section 106 agreement adding an obligation on West Cumbria Mining to pay for improvements to the St Bees Road/Mirehouse Road junction.
2) The conditions under which planning permission should be granted from the original committee report (there were a hundred of them) still stand.
The report to the committee meeting on 31st October, which anyone can read on the County Council website here, proposes that the original planning condition stand, with the following additional text about the road junction:
"We have also taken the opportunity to propose adding an obligation to the S106 Agreement for a financial contribution to the Council to ensure that works to the access with the junction with the public highway and necessary improvements to the Mirehouse Road / St Bees Road junction are carried out.
The works are necessary to ensure the safe access and egress to the site and at the Mirehouse Road / St Bees Road junction and this has been agreed with West Cumbria Mining."
This was agreed by the committee on Thursday.