Natascha Engel, Member of Parliament for North East Derbyshire, and local Labour Councillors have welcomed the re-opening of Eckington Colliery.
The colliery, the last working in pit in North East Derbyshire, has been closed for almost a year after fraud committed by the previous owners meant that it had to shut.
Since then, the drift mine was bought by European Coal Products Ltd, but they could not start work again till a new licence was granted.
After delays in granting of the licence, Natascha Engel MP made a visit to Eckington Colliery to talk to the new owners and remaining miners. She then wrote to the Coal Authority and North East Derbyshire District Council supporting the licence application.
On hearing that the new licence had been issued Natascha said,
“It has been a long process, but I am delighted that Eckington Colliery has been granted a new licence. This is great news for the company and for staff at the colliery. The mining industry in North East Derbyshire has suffered since the 80s. This is a fantastic outcome for Eckington Colliery, which still has huge coal reserves, and will ensure the future of the industry in the area for years to come.”