Employment and security

The eager acceptance by Chris France (National Park) of the report by research that a potash mine at Sneaton will wreck tourism is disgraceful.

The proof that the two can exist side by side already exists at Staithes, which has had Boulby Potash on its doorstep since 1969.

Since then I have owned three cafes and a pub in Staithes and Dalehouse.

The mine has had no adverse effect on visitor totals. Walkers, motorists, caravaners, surfers etc have flocked to the area and the holiday cottage sector is far more developed than previously.

The money in people’s pockets, bad weather and the lure of the Mediterranean all affect tourism, but the potash is largely ignored.

The kids are looking for the beach and Old Jack’s boat, not some structure in the distance.

Similarly the proximity of Boulby has not held back property prices.

I’ve lived within sight of the mine for 36 years and seen house prices at the top and bottom of the village rise from under £10,000 to over £250,000 during the life of the mine.

Apart from the obvious benefits the new mine would bring, such as employment and security for families, there is a wider issue involved - the need for fertilizer to help feed a rapidly expanding world population. Why is the national park not considering this?

They have obviously embraced the climate change crusade judging by the rash of solar panels disfiguring previously untouchable cottage roofs and the monstrous wind turbines in Tees Bay blighting the vies from the cliffs at Staithes.

It is ludicrous to believe such measures can effectively counteract pollution from the remaining 98% of the world’s industries.

It is outrageous to suggest they could nullify upheavals of the universe and solar system, which caused the cataclysmic climate change throughout the world’s history before mankind even existed.

Admittedly the renewable energy industry has brought jobs but they are artificial jobs funded by unacceptable taxes levied on everyone’s fuel bills, in an ultimately futile cause.

The new potash jobs would be based on real industrial output with vital and worthwhile results.