Cumbria’s MPs hit back at attempts to ‘call in’ West Cumbria Mining Plans

Four of Cumbria's MPs have come together to oppose the bid by Tim Farron MP for West Cumbria Mining plans to be called in.

The plans, which were unanimously approved by Cumbria County Council on 19th March, would see the development of Woodhouse Colliery - a new underground mine for West Cumbria Mining to deliver its Metallurgical Coal Project.

The development will be located south west of Whitehaven in the Copeland constituency.

Writing to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, James Brokenshire, four Cumbrian Members of Parliament led by Trudy Harrison MP pointed to the unanimous approval of the plans by Cumbria County Council and the opportunity to create thousands of jobs, for continuing with the proposals for the mine.

Mrs Harrison was joined by Carlisle MP John Stevenson MP, Furness MP, John Woodcock MP and Rory Stewart, MP for Penrith and the Borders in opposing the bid for plans to be called in.

She said: “The revival of modern mining to supply the steel industry in West Cumbria has been welcomed at the highest levels.

“We must, as Cumbrians recognise that this Colliery is far more than some form of industrial renaissance, rather it represents a new chapter in our rich history, a new swathe of opportunities for our communities to embrace.

“Mining is part of our cultural heritage and I know it will be welcomed back to Whitehaven, bringing with it hundreds of jobs and adding significantly to our export economy, whilst supporting global steel manufacturing and an industry our area is synonymous with.”