National Park planning expert joins mining company board

A PLANNING expert from the North York Moors National Park has joined the board of Sirius Minerals as the firm looks to build a potash mine in an area between Whitby and Scarborough.

Peter Esdaile Woods is a former chief geologist at the Boulby Potash Mine and consulted on projects in Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Spain and Russia.

He was also a member of the North York Moors National Park planning committee for four years.

Mr Esdaile Woods joins the team as the project gathers pace, with bosses planning to submit initial applications for test drilling sites within the next month.

The company says it is in the final stages of putting applications together for test drilling in the area, which along with geological and seismic studies, will eventually help determine where the mine head will be placed.

Sirius managing director Chris Fraser, said: “Having now worked closely with Peter for over a year on the creation and evaluation of the York Potash Project, I can without doubt say he will bring irreplaceable experience in both potash and the local environment to our company.

“As well as being a talented geologist, Peter also has a passion for the environment. He will bring to the board of Sirius his valuable perspectives on sustainable development and those of someone living in the local community.

“I know Peter will make a great contribution to building Sirius into the new potash powerhouse.”

Plans for the mine were unveiled in January when 600sq km of mining rights between Whitby and Scarborough were sold by York Potash to Sirius Minerals.