New Crofton drift mine will create up to 50 jobs and £10m for community

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A drift mine which is expected to generate £10m for the community and create up to 50 jobs has been given planning permission.

New Crofton Co-op Colliery Ltd, a workers’ co-operative, led by engineer Bill Birch, will mine up to 6,000 tonnes of coal per week at a site between Crofton and Wintersett until 2036.

The proposals, which will create around 50 full-time jobs, were given the go ahead at a meeting of Wakefield Council’s planning and highways committee yesterday.


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