Glentaggart coal battle lines are drawn

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THE decision to grant planning permission to another opencast coal mine in the Douglas Valley has angered environmental protesters.

A total of 232 objections were raised to the plans to extract four million tonnes of coal and 200,000 tonnes of other minerals, over a 10 year period from the site at Glentaggart East, proposed by Scottish Coal.

Now campaigners have made a formal complaint to the council over its handling of the application, claiming they were not told the decision meeting was taking place in December.

For more on this, pick up a copy of this week’s Carluke and Lanark Gazette.