A public consultation programme is underway that could lead to another 25 years of mining at ICL Boulby, the world’s only producer of polyhalite.
The consultation period takes place in advance of ICL Boulby submitting an application to the North York Moors Park Authority for permission to continue mining operations for a further 25 years.
The first of a series of exhibition roadshows taking place at local towns and villages got underway at Hinderwell Village Hall, followed by Mulgrave Community Sports Centre and Staithes Village Hall.
The pre-application consultation programme, which ends on 30 October, will also involve meetings with local councils, businesses and community groups,
The current planning permission which has been in place since 1968 expires in 2023 and ICL Boulby’s general manager Andrew Fulton says that seeking renewed permission underlines the commitment to securing the mine’s long-term future and strengthening its position as the world’s first and only producer of polyhalite.
Mr Fulton said: “Following our successful move to polyhalite production, the planning application is the next phase in our Building Boulby’s Future strategy, which aims to drive forward an increase in our production to a target of 1.3m tonnes per year by 2023, securing over 500 jobs and ensuring that we continue to make a major contribution to the economy of East Cleveland and the wider area.
“Already, with the support from our parent company ICL, we have invested over £30m in delivering the transition to polyhalite and our products—marketed as Polysulphate—are now helping farmers and grower to increase growth and yields in countries across five continents.
“We hope as many people as possible will take the opportunity to come along to the public exhibitions to find out more about what we have achieved already in becoming the world’s first and only polyhalite mine and how our plans can secure its future.”
The exhibition will help visitors understand the background to the mine and outline improvements to above and below ground operations.
Consultation exhibition locations and dates are:
October 4, Loftus Town Hall, 2pm-8pm
October 9, Staithes Village Hall, 2pm-8pm
October 10, Skinningrove Village Hall, 2pm-8pm
October 12, Skelton Civic Centre, 9am-2pm
October 15, Mickleby Village Hall, 2pm-8pm
October 26, Marske Leisure Centre, 9am-2pm