Local authority: Durham County Council

Site status: Work commenced

Site area: c71.3 hectares (c176 acres)

Amount of coal to be recovered: c500,000 tonnes

Site duration: Programmed for completion in 2021

Traffic movements: Maximum of 32 loaded lorries per working day

Site history: The Government’s Planning Inspector granted UK Coal planning permission for the Bradley site in 2015. Banks Mining carried out a number of assessments and studies of the site in 2017 and a decision was taken shortly afterwards for us to take the site forward.

What’s involved? Around 500,000 tonnes of coal will be mined at the Bradley site over a 27 month period. We will then have a further one year period to complete the site restoration.

Traffic: All operational site traffic will use the approved traffic management route. There will be a maximum of 32 loaded lorries leaving the site on a daily basis, leaving the site on the A692, then travelling down the A693 and then on to the A1.

All of the loaded coal lorries go through a wheel wash before leaving site and all coal HGVs are sheeted to keep the road network clean. Our in-house HGV fleet is driven by employees who are highly trained and professional.

We’re committed to ensuring all our vehicles are maintained to the highest possible standard – continuously improving our fleet. Recently we have purchased six new Volvo lorries which will be used to transport coal from the Bradley site.

Environmental monitoring: We have a long and proud history of working with the communities living and working near us and we’re keen to show you how we will do that at Bradley too.

As with all our sites, we carry out comprehensive environmental monitoring. This includes the monitoring of air quality from several locations around the site. This real time monitoring helps to ensure that the various mitigation measures we have on site to manage dust are all working as they should be.

Noise monitoring is also carried out at throughout operations and is used to make sure that noise generated from the site is always at an acceptable level.

Vibration monitoring is also carried out in relation to the one or two times we blast on site during the day. All of the monitoring we do is to ensure that our site is working as it should be.

Site blasting: Some blasting is required on part of the site. It will be limited to a maximum of two blasts per day and carefully planned and monitored to ensure that residential amenity is not unduly disturbed by it. We are working closely with Our Lady and Saint Joseph Catholic Church and others living close to the site to make sure everyone knows what we’re doing and when.

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