MRL Begins Restoration Engagement

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

The Mines Restoration Limited (MRL) has embarked on a stakeholder engagement programme after acquiring the remaining seven Scottish Coal sites.

The sale follows the transfer of environmental licences by SEPA for the former Scottish Coal sites at Dunstonhill, Powharnal, and Spireslack/Ponesk, Shiel Farm in East Ayrshire, Glentaggart and Mainshill in South Lanarkshire, and Blairhouse in Fife.

MRL will now meet with local authorities, landowners and community groups over the coming months to discuss and develop pragmatic restoration plans for each of the seven sites.

MRL is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Scottish Mines Restoration Trust, an independent and charitable body established to facilitate the process of communities and other stakeholders in restoring open cast sites across Scotland.

Professor Russel Griggs, chair of Scottish Mines Restoration Trust Limited, said: “As part of our due diligence work, we undertook a period of engagement with local authorities and community groups to develop initial outline plans for the respective sites.

“Following transfer of the environmental licenses, our objective will be now to go back to each of the communities to engage further and firm-up plans which meet our aim of providing the best restoration within the funds available.”

Any coal extracted from the sites will be used to support and fund restoration activity.

Professor Russel Griggs added: “We fully understand the challenges that restoration can bring, and we are best placed to work with everyone involved to find viable solutions.

“We believe our strategy of engaging with community groups, landowners, the public and private sectors, voluntary bodies and Government, brings a constructive approach to restoring the former Scottish Coal sites, and will support our objective of bringing them back into community use.”

Hargreaves Services will manage each of the sites on behalf of MRL.