A site near Kirby-in-Ashfield has been granted SSSI status by Natural England – a real turnaround as up until last summer plans existed to turn the Bentinck Colliery into a landfill site – which goes to show a 13 year campaign of opposition was not in vain and remediating a site is never a straightforward proposition.
In its favour Bentinck Colliery is considered the best breeding site in Nottinghamshire for endangered great crested newts and is also an important breeding ground for smooth newts, common frogs and common toads – this makes it unique in the region.
Viridor – who are not usually associated with sites of special scientific interest – bought the site as part of the acquisition of another company but now, having lost the battle for landfill use, they have announced they will be working with Nottinghamshire County Council and Natural England, on its remediation.
Good luck to them on this extremely worthwhile cause.
If they need any equipment …..