Closure of Bradley surface mine
UK-based Banks Mining has begun a new round of consultation on job losses at its Bradley surface mine in County Durham after plans for an extension there were turned down. Up to a dozen jobs are expected to be lost at the Bradley site, as coaling reaches its conclusion and the focus turns to landscaping and restoration.
A separate redundancy consultation is already underway on up to 24 job losses at Banks Mining’s Brenkley Lane surface mine near Newcastle.
Banks Mining had intended to progress plans for a small extension on land to the west of the Bradley site, which would have entailed extracting around 90,000 tonnes of high quality coal for supply to UK steel manufacturers and 20,000 tonnes of fireclay for use by regional brickmakers.
A planning application for Banks’ proposed Dewley Hill surface mine to the west of Newcastle is set to be considered by Newcastle City Council in the coming months. This scheme would see around 800,000 tonnes of high quality coal extracted from the site, most of which will be used for steel and cement production, as well as 400,000 tonnes of fireclay.