A massive rolling programme of public consultation meetings and exhibitions kicks off in North Yorkshire and East Cleveland this week.
Over 100 events will be staged as the Boulby potash mine, owned and operated by ICL UK, seeks an extension to its planning permission from the North York Moors National Park Authority.
From Monday (April 3rd) through to July, Cleveland Potash will be making the case for the extension in communities from Redcar to Whitby, up the Esk Valley to Castleton and Danby, all of East Cleveland and over to Guisborough,
Residents in the Loftus area are the first to hear what the company has to say and the programme rapidly gathers pace after that. The consultation process has two arms – a travelling exhibition into the history of the company, what it does at present and how it interacts with the local communities — and attendance at a range of public, parish, town and local authority meetings.
The first stage of the programme is as follows:
The travelling exhibition got underway at the weekend at Loftus Town Hall to take advantage of the crowds attracted to the East Cleveland Klondike cycle race. Everyone is welcome to view the display. Future venues are:
Cleveland Potash Managing Director Marc Kirsten says it is vital that as many people as possible are consulted during the application to continue mining into the future: “Informing, listening to and taking into account the views of the community is an important element in the planning process, especially when Boulby plays such an important role in the area’s economic wellbeing.
“We have been—remain— and will continue to be East Cleveland’s largest employer for the foreseeable future. The decision to seek permission for continuing operations demonstrates our commitment to maintain a significant contribution to the local community and economy.”
Details of further events and venues will be disclosed shortly.
Notes to Editors:
The current planning permission for operations at the Boulby Mine, which has been in place since 1968, expires in 2023.
Lead consultants for the planning application are Amec Foster Wheeler, an industry leader in global mining solutions with over 60 years’ experience.