Cleveland Potash Limited is preparing to get an extension to the planning permission that it has for potash mining in the North York Moors Park. The mining contractor also announced that it would be opening a major consultation programme and a public information dispensing scheme.
Cleveland Potash stated that its community engagement scheme, which will begin in April, will have more than 100 events over the next four months. The programme will include exhibitions, public meetings and consultations with town and parish councils.
In addition, Cleveland Potash will be meeting several local organisations to prepare for an extension to its planning permission. The present planning permission for Boulby Mine was issued in 1968, and expires in 2023.
Cleveland Potash Managing Director Marc Kirsten stated that it is important to consult people in the local community as Boulby Mine plays such an important role in the area’s economy.
Kirsten said that Cleveland Potash’s community engagement programme has been developed in conjunction with the North York Moors Park Authority, and it looks to inform people about the history of the mine, how Cleveland Potash operates, and how it intends to operate the mine in the future.
He said that Boulby Mine is unique as a producer of potash in the UK, and it has the distinction of being the only site in the world that is mining polyhalite, which provides a multi-mineral fertiliser for the global farming industry.
Cleveland Potash is also one of the leading producers of salt. A large portion of the salt that is used to de-ice highways in the UK comes from salt mined by the company.
The mining contractor will be announcing the details of the consultation and community engagement programme in the next few days. The events will take place from Redcar to Whitby, from the Esk Valley to Castleton and Danby, and in East Cleveland and Guisborough.