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Report - RJB MINING Bleakhouse opencast mine 13/11/95

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by A man called Martyn, Sep 5, 2008.

  1. A man called Martyn

    A man called Martyn cultural theorist
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    Aug 30, 2008
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    This is one from the early days for me. the site was worked from 1993 until 2000 and was the last opencast site working the south staffordshire coalfield. the period of preparation before production begun was extensive as planning permission was original sought in the early 1980s and was also for a much bigger site, this never came to pass.
    i do remember the roadworks needed to create site access for the army of tipper trucks that would transport the coal from site to the mid cannock coal disposal point some 2 miles away along a private road that linked the two sites bleakhouse001.jpg
    the mine workings in full swing
    the drive down this road was the most fun i had ever had in a landrover 110 defender at that point in my life.
    this is one of the dumper trucks undergoing maintenance by the site workshops
    extraction of the black stuff on the seam that was being worked at that time
    the 195 marion dragline
    the coal came to the mid cannock coal disposal point for cleaning and grading.this coal disposal point was built in 1978 on the site of the former mid cannock coal mine which had closed in the early 1970s. the first coal to be processed came from the kingswood opencast site.
    the main bunker
    the site office and weighbridge building
    this is the area where the coal would start the cleaning and blending process. with the tipper truck backing in and dumping its load or if the coal was of poor quality it would head straight for the coal storage area. the coal disposal point site was demolished in late 2000 if i remember correctly and is now the home of a large container depot. What was once the british coal records office still operates from a small enclave of remaining mine buildings.

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  2. A man called Martyn

    A man called Martyn cultural theorist
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    Just to bookend things here is the other South Staffordshire coal disposal point,Springhill.This could be found on the outskirts of Essington and was used to process coal from the Sneyd and Essington opencast mines before it was moth balled.By the mid 1990s plans were a foot to make use of the site once again to process coal from the Reedswood opencast mine just outside of Walsall.Local residents complained about the increase in traffic and the plans were dropped.So in the summer of 1995 the Coal disposal point was dismantled for export.The weighbridge and office buildings were demolished.The pictures were taken 12/8/95.

    The view from the gate with the dismantling work under way
    The disposal point.
    Gatehouse/Weighbridge and site office in the Background
    The site office building and coal storage area
    The remains of the link road to the Essington opencast mine.The Main bunker of the disposal point can just be seen above the tree line.The site has returned to farm land.The only relics from the days of British Coal opencast are the remains of the rail siding and a Road sign warning of 'HEAVY PLANT CROSSING'.

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