Varteg mine plan could be resubmitted

JUST four months after a plan to mine 256,000 tonnes of coal in the Varteg were refused by Welsh minister Carl Sargeant, a new application could be submitted.

The minister for housing and regeneration dismissed the appeal by Glamorgan Power Company Ltd and refused to grant outline planning permission for the development comprising a land reclamation and coal recovery scheme at Varteg Hill.

Now the company is considering the submission of a new planning application.

Prior to this, the company want to work with Torfaen council to identify feasible options for the land reclamation scheme.

Torfaen AM Lynne Neagle said: “Although we always knew this was a possibility, I’m still dismayed at news that Glamorgan Power intend to submit another application to opencast at Varteg.

“Local residents have spent years with the threat of this development hanging over their heads.

“It is just not acceptable.”

Residents and parents of school children, who are taught only 120 metres from the site, raised concerns about the noise and dust impact the mining scheme would have.

A meeting will be held on Monday at the Civic Centre to discuss the application.

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3:33pm Sat 29 Mar 14

varteg1 says...

Neagle does not speak for ALL residents pf Varteg, and she may come to learn that there is a current call by a number of us to have that school she was so concerned about made to move from our locality
The amount of in coming traffic it generates twice per day, possibly far out weighs the potential dust and fumes she and others were moaning about, should the project go ahead.

The decision by Sargent was perverse and has simply delayed the job, but I wonder what he had to do with the planning approval of a far more nuisance project, the race track in B Gwent, a project that if it goes ahead will create as much if not more dust and atmospheric pollution and on a continuing and perpetual basis for the nearby residents and places of business, amongst which are food processors.

The whole lot stinks of collusion between the Assembly, it's ministers and our never so present Barry residing AM.

She's says she is dismayed and disappointed, well welcome to the club dear Lynn, AND WE LIVE HERE, how do you think many in Varteg feel?
We were hoping to see the project through to completion, whilst you live thirty odd miles away and would not be inconvenienced, except by the moaning lot who send their kids to the dratted pollution generating, and unwelcome Ysgol your mates in TCBC dumped on us
I wonder what else SARGENT WILL HAVE UP HIS SLEEVE WHEN THE FURTHER APPEAL LANDS ON THE TABLE, I wonder what else you will be talking to him about in your hideaway Assembly building, what more secret deals will you both cook up to thwart Glamorgan Power and those of us that support the project?
Neagle does not speak for ALL residents pf Varteg, and she may come to learn that there is a current call by a number of us to have that school she was so concerned about made to move from our locality The amount of in coming traffic it generates twice per day, possibly far out weighs the potential dust and fumes she and others were moaning about, should the project go ahead. The decision by Sargent was perverse and has simply delayed the job, but I wonder what he had to do with the planning approval of a far more nuisance project, the race track in B Gwent, a project that if it goes ahead will create as much if not more dust and atmospheric pollution and on a continuing and perpetual basis for the nearby residents and places of business, amongst which are food processors. The whole lot stinks of collusion between the Assembly, it's ministers and our never so present Barry residing AM. She's says she is dismayed and disappointed, well welcome to the club dear Lynn, AND WE LIVE HERE, how do you think many in Varteg feel? We were hoping to see the project through to completion, whilst you live thirty odd miles away and would not be inconvenienced, except by the moaning lot who send their kids to the dratted pollution generating, and unwelcome Ysgol your mates in TCBC dumped on us I wonder what else SARGENT WILL HAVE UP HIS SLEEVE WHEN THE FURTHER APPEAL LANDS ON THE TABLE, I wonder what else you will be talking to him about in your hideaway Assembly building, what more secret deals will you both cook up to thwart Glamorgan Power and those of us that support the project? varteg1
  • Score: -13

3:07pm Sun 30 Mar 14

varteg1 says...

I note the button voters are again on form, easy to press a button than write out a counter and constructive argument, where we you all when the Inquiry was under way?.

More to the point, where will you all be when the Council discuss the matter tomorrow, and what will your next move be should the project finally be approved and commence?

Remove Ysgol Bryn Onnen to a different location, we are fed up with all problems it is now causing.
I note the button voters are again on form, easy to press a button than write out a counter and constructive argument, where we you all when the Inquiry was under way?. More to the point, where will you all be when the Council discuss the matter tomorrow, and what will your next move be should the project finally be approved and commence? Remove Ysgol Bryn Onnen to a different location, we are fed up with all problems it is now causing. varteg1
  • Score: -13

3:41pm Sun 6 Apr 14

harrydvarteg says...

This letter was dictated by Miss Angharad Owen who was has lived all her life within 50 metres of the proposed Open Cast. She goes to school within 120m of the proposed Open Cast…..
You are not supposed to be the boss of us as you are not the boss of the mountain so you can’t do whatever you want to our mountain as that is just being mean! You shouldn't knock the mountain down because it will make the air horrible and it’s not nice for all the people that live up here because loads of people love our mountain, the animals and the fresh air. You have been told by the people that live here and my school and the government that it is not nice for us to live with the bad air so if you just do whatever you want and do not think about our feelings then that is being a bully and bullies are bad.
If you knock the mountain down where would we live and where would all the animals from the mountain go as we don’t want to get sick from the bad air.
Angharad Owen Age 7
This letter was dictated by Miss Angharad Owen who was has lived all her life within 50 metres of the proposed Open Cast. She goes to school within 120m of the proposed Open Cast….. You are not supposed to be the boss of us as you are not the boss of the mountain so you can’t do whatever you want to our mountain as that is just being mean! You shouldn't knock the mountain down because it will make the air horrible and it’s not nice for all the people that live up here because loads of people love our mountain, the animals and the fresh air. You have been told by the people that live here and my school and the government that it is not nice for us to live with the bad air so if you just do whatever you want and do not think about our feelings then that is being a bully and bullies are bad. If you knock the mountain down where would we live and where would all the animals from the mountain go as we don’t want to get sick from the bad air. Angharad Owen Age 7 harrydvarteg
  • Score: 6

4:47pm Sun 6 Apr 14

MrsOwen says...

As one of the closest residents to the proposed open cast I would like to make it clear that the first rather rude and aggressive, ANONYMOUS, comment on this board by NO MEANS represents my views or as far as I am aware the majority (or even the minority) of the residents of Pembroke Place and indeed of the Varteg. I have never heard any resident saying the school should be made to move in fact the school is an asset to our community and I have heard nothing but praise for the school and also it’s pupils.
I personally would like to apologise to Assembly Member Lynne Neagle, who has chosen to help us fight for the historic and beautiful landscape that we have chosen to live, for the tone and attitude of this ANONYMOUS comment and would like to thank her for all of the work she and others are doing and have done on our behalf.
These bullyboy tactics and outdated attitudes to health and community are not by any means representative of either me or my family who have spent years with the threat of this development hanging over our heads. This has to be stopped once and for all for the sake of all that love the Valley’s, its history and its landscape. This kind of ongoing harassment is not acceptable!
Elizabeth Owen – Pembroke Place – within 50m from the proposed Open Cast
As one of the closest residents to the proposed open cast I would like to make it clear that the first rather rude and aggressive, ANONYMOUS, comment on this board by NO MEANS represents my views or as far as I am aware the majority (or even the minority) of the residents of Pembroke Place and indeed of the Varteg. I have never heard any resident saying the school should be made to move in fact the school is an asset to our community and I have heard nothing but praise for the school and also it’s pupils. I personally would like to apologise to Assembly Member Lynne Neagle, who has chosen to help us fight for the historic and beautiful landscape that we have chosen to live, for the tone and attitude of this ANONYMOUS comment and would like to thank her for all of the work she and others are doing and have done on our behalf. These bullyboy tactics and outdated attitudes to health and community are not by any means representative of either me or my family who have spent years with the threat of this development hanging over our heads. This has to be stopped once and for all for the sake of all that love the Valley’s, its history and its landscape. This kind of ongoing harassment is not acceptable! Elizabeth Owen – Pembroke Place – within 50m from the proposed Open Cast MrsOwen
  • Score: 5

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