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Last Updated: Sunday, 20 February, 2005, 14:00 GMT
Newspaper firm buys colliery site
A 60m newspaper printing plant is to be built on the site of the former Dinnington colliery in South Yorkshire.

Johnston Press, one of the UK's largest publishers of local newspapers, has bought 10 acres of the brownfield land near Rotherham.

The colour presses will be used to print the Sheffield Star and Sheffield Telegraph as well as northern editions of some national titles.

The first newspapers are expected to roll off the presses in August 2006.

Busy city centre

"Dinnington was a very natural choice for us," explained Jon Roche from Johnston Press.

"Our current printing facilities in South Yorkshire are located in the centre of Sheffield and there are difficulties associated with running an operation in a busy city centre.

"From Dinnington we can gain easy access to the region's excellent transport and infrastructure links."

The former mining site is being reclaimed by regeneration organisation Renaissance South Yorkshire.

Half of the 200 acres will be used for commercial development with the remainder turned into public open space.

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