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Supermarket objects to mine plan
Walkers on The Wrekin
Campaigner are worried about the environmental impact
A supermarket is objecting to plans for a new opencast mine at the foot of a Shropshire beauty spot.

UK Coal's plans to mine coal from a site near The Wrekin has sparked controversy among some local people.

Tesco has filed an official objection to Telford and Wrekin Council over concerns that any dust could have on its store at the Wrekin retail park.

Campaigners, worried about the safety of ancient sites in the area, said the supermarket's objection is a boost.

They have concerns for several ancient wells on a smaller hill on the Wrekin, the Ercall, as well as the dust generated from digging.

But UK Coal has said opencast mines only last for a few years and they must abide by legal requirements as well as planning obligations.

The firm has already had two applications for the beauty spot turned down.

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