Restoration progresses slowly at problematic derelict mine site

Plans to restore a small section of a major deep coal mine site in Scotland have been approved and will help a council fund further remediation work at the problematic colliery.

The Comrie Colliery in Fife, which closed in October 1986, is described by Fife Council as a “major site of industrial dereliction, originally covering in excess of 400 hectares”. 

Last week, the council approved plans for the first phase of restoration, as well as a demolition waste recycling facility which will tackle the leftover colliery bing - the heaped waste material piled up at the site - which originally extended to nearly 50ha and rose around 40m above ground level.

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