QUESTIONS have been raised by a regional pressure group about the impact the proposed potash mine at Doves Nest Farm will have on the national park.
Dalton Peake, chair of the North Yorkshire Coast group of the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England, has attended public consultation meetings hosted by York Potash and said that many people are still undecided about the proposals.
“However careful York Potash are the new mine will have a visual impact,” he said.
The North York Moors National Park has been celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, but Mr Peake said that the impact of the mine could take many years to heal, if ever.
He said that issues such as increased traffic and congestion and the environmental impact of heavy industry in the park could spoil other industries such as farming or tourism, where are currently the lifeblood of the area.
Mr Peake added: “Is this spoiling of the environment worth it? Will there be any overall gain or will the operation lead to a net loss for the area? The application for the mine is expected to be submitted this month and that for the pipeline early next year. If you want to influence what happens and protect the local countryside you need to make your views known.”
For more information about the CPRE visit www.cprenorthyorkshire.org.uk