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Mining plans 'to create 90 jobs'
Some 100 lorries a day would transport coal from the site
The mining company which wants to extract thousands of tonnes of coal near the Wrekin in Shropshire says 90 jobs could be created.

Stuart Oliver, a spokesman for UK Coal, said there would be 40 direct jobs and 50 others which would be supported by the development.

UK Coal has submitted plans to Telford and Wrekin Council for the Huntington Lane site.

Some people living near the site have raised concerns about its impact.

Mr Oliver said the operation to extract the material from the 93 hectare site would take 32 months.

Concerns raised

UK Coal wants to extract 900,000 tonnes of coal from ten shallow lying seams.

Brick making fireclay would also be recovered. The site would be restored at the end of the operation.

More than 60 people worried about noise, dust, lorry movements and the impact on tourism raised concerns at a public meeting earlier this month .

Pat Hutchings, from Little Wenlock Parish Council, said people living near the proposed site were "extremely concerned".

"People would suffer from noise and dust and one of the biggest concerns was the movement of lorries," she said.

UK Coal said it would provide a community trust fund of 500,000 for the local area.

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