Location: Near Breich in West Lothian, Scotland
Local authority: West Lothian Council
Postcode of nearby property: EH55 8NS
Site status: Restoration has commenced
Site area: 154 ha
Amount of coal permitted to be recovered: 1.5 million tonnes
Other minerals permitted to be recovered: 100,000 tonnes of fireclay
Site duration: 7 years
Jobs: Up to 50 jobs
Traffic movements: Up to 63 laden coal wagons a day
Restoration: Mixed woodland, ponds and farm land
Community engagement: A community liaison committee meets regularly

Banks Mining’s Rusha surface coal mine is located in West Lothian, Scotland. It is now in an early restoration phase. The site covers around 154 hectares of land. Banks Mining started extracting coal from this site in 2012. There is approximately 1.3 million tonnes of coal to be recovered and the site directly supports up to 50 jobs.

The Rusha site has a dedicated community benefits fund specifically targeted at areas surrounding the site.  The Rusha community fund is now available for applications. All the Banks Community Funds around the UK, including Rusha’s, are administered by the County Durham Community Foundation (CDCF). Please click on the following link for more information on the CDCF website, including deadlines, guidelines and application forms.

Need more help?
If you are unsure about whether you are eligible to apply, please contact James Eaglesham on 0191 378 6342 or email james@bankscommunityfund.org.uk or contact the Community Engagement Co-ordinator for your area from the Banks Group.

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