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Mainshill Wood

Click on the image above for news, information and updates about the Mainshill Wood protest campaign and CoalActionScotland

MAINSHILL 'Stories from the Woods' - coalactionscotland
Read all about the Mainshill Solidarity Camp in 'Stories from the Woods' in the recently Mainshill ZINE publication available from CoalActionScotland, by clicking HERE

Click on the image below for information about coal in Scotland

Coal in Scotland
Mineral sites locations map in and around Douglas Valley
click HERE
(which includes other useful data)

If you have issues you wish to raise with South Lanarkshire Council concerning monitoring and enforcement of the open cast mines in and around the area contact the following ...
Rodger Dick
Minerals Monitoring & Enforcement Officer
Enterprise Resources
Planning & Building Standards
South Lanarkshire Council
Montrose House, 154 Montrose Crescent
Hamilton, ML3 6LB
tel:01698 455902
Fax: 01698 455984
E-mail: rodger.dick@southlanarkshire.gov.uk


Douglas Doctors speak out and write to Gazette (3/9/09) about their health concerns for the local residents regarding the open cast mining concurrently operating in the Douglas Valley

August 2009
Dr. Kirstie Stramler

For more information about Climate Camp Scotland click on the headline above
 for Climate Camp 09 click HERE  for more information about Mainshill Solidarity Camp click HERE and for a map of Mainshill Wood click HERE

Mainshill Wood Occupation Protest
For information and news updates on the Mainshill Solidarity Camp protest click HERE

NO intervention from Scottish Government on Mainshill Wood opencast...decision is passed back to South Lanarkshire Council

Despite the application being contrary to many Government and Council policies, the hundreds of objections received, and the Scottish Government extending the period in which they are required to examine the application in detail in order to come to a final decision, they have passed the application back to the Council.
Click HERE to read more, and and HERE to read the Government Decision Notice

Mainshill opencast mine granted by South Lanarkshire Council despite more than 650 letters of objection

The controversial Mainshill opencast coal site near Douglas has been given the go ahead by South Lanarkshire Council's planning committee.
Despite more than 650 letters of objection and a campaign to stop the site, permission was granted at the council's planning committee meeting on Tuesday (10/2/09).
Around 1.7 million tonnes of coal and 160,000 tonnes of fireclay will be extracted over a five year period with 93 jobs being created.
The site is less than one kilometre from the Lady Home Hospital.
While the mine does have some local support, a number of leading politicians and local action group members were against the decision.

The proposal will now go to the Scottish government for final decision.

Click HERE for full story
To read the South Lanarkshire Planning Committee report click on the link below

 Proposal from Scottish Coal to extract coal and fire clay from Mainshill Wood by open cast excavation, which is less then a mile from local cottage hospital and village 

Below is Scottish Coal's aerial view and map of their recent  proposal (13/2/08) to Open Cast Coal Site at Mainshill / Mainshill Wood, Douglas.
Top left of picture is Castlemains, both the M74 and the B7078 are the roads along the top of the picture, the A70 is from top left to middle bottom, Newmains Home farm is also middle bottom
The red line is the proposed site boundary line and the yellow line is the proposed extraction area.
This is part of Douglas and Angus Estate grounds.
site boundary ariel photo' of the proposed mainshill wood open cast coal site
The aerial image is from Getmapping Plc.

Location map...
location map of the proposed mainshill wood open cast coal site proposal

Mainshill Wood is the central area of the picture outlined in red, less than a mile south west of the site is Douglas village (bottom left) and Lady Home Hospital is north east of the village, which is only 1000m from the proposed site. Poniel; where there is presently an operational open cast coal site, and Long Plantation are top left. The A70 is from bottom left to top right and the M74 and B7078 are both from centre top to bottom right.

If agreed, this proposal would one of five open cast coal sites, one sand and gravel, one peat extraction site, and adding to the energy creation mix is an active wind farm; now being extended and at least three further proposals for wind farms all within the surrounding local of the Douglas Valley!

South Lanarkshire Council Minerals Map - Douglas Valley section

Douglas Valley section of the South Lanarkshire Council Minerals Map
Click on map to download PDF copy of map

The above map clearly shows the concentration / cumulation of approved, proposed and potential mineral works in such a small area.

Above is the KEY the the SLC MInerals Map - click on image to download PDF copy of KEY information

Click HERE for link to Scottish Coal's projects page which now has a link to 'Non Technical Summary' of the application only - this link to Scottish Coals website has now mysteriously stopped working (2009)

To download a copy of the NTS (Non Technical Summary) click HERE - this link to Scottish Coals website has now mysteriously stopped working (2009)

Click HERE for link to Scottish Coal Mainshill proposal information which can be downloaded and saved (PDF documents) - this link to Scottish Coals website has now mysteriously stopped working (July '08)....

...but if you click HERE you can read and download their missing Scoping Document (PDF) dated 18th February 2008
MAINSHILL Opencast Coal Site NTS (Non Technical Summary)
(Scottish Coal PDF document)
Click HERE to download a copy of the South Lanarkshire Council Minerals Local Plan (Sept' 2002)...
and HERE for the South Lanarkshire Council Minerals Local Plan MAP (Sept' 2002)

Comment & Feedback

On the subject of the proposed mining site at Mainshill Wood by Scottish Coal, have the comments of Douglas & Angus Estates been sought? It would appear that the area, being so close to Castle Mains, would cause at least a distraction and most probably an eyesore to the owners - or are they compliant in this plan and again only interested in financial gain at the expence of the people in the beautiful village taking its name from the Douglas Family.

F Webb

Useful information
Health and safety in the quarry industry - Health & Safety Executive (useful information)

Click HERE to read and download a copy of the Neighbour Notification dated 30th June 2008 (PDF)

5km & 10km Cumulative mineral extraction sites map & key (Scottish Coal diagram)

Environmental Designations map & key (Scottish Coal diagram)

Land Control Map & key (Scottish Coal diagram)

SPP16 - Scottish Executive Open Cast Coal Planning Policy


If you wish to comment on this proposal please click HERE

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