South Scotland

Glenmuckloch coal mine road transport bid

ATH Resources' Glenmuckloch facility (picture courtesy of Kath Jones)
Image caption The company is seeking permission to remove coal from the site by road

A change is being sought in operating conditions at a large open cast mine in southern Scotland to allow its coal to be transported by road.

The Glenmuckloch site straddles the Dumfriesshire and Ayrshire border north of Kirkconnel.

In 2007, an eight mile (13km) conveyor belt opened to take coal from the site to a railhead in New Cumnock.

However, new owners are now looking at alternative options and have applied to be allowed to remove coal by road.

Plans for the restoration of the site and its conversion to a renewable energy park were unveiled earlier this year.

It followed the collapse of surface mining firm Aardvark (TMC), the main trading arm of ATH Resources, and a takeover by Hargreaves Mining Services.

Now the company has submitted an application to Dumfries and Galloway Council to use the local road network to transport coal from the mine.

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