Construction formally begins at Sirius Minerals mine

The Mine near Whitby. Picture: Ceri Oakes.
The Mine near Whitby. Picture: Ceri Oakes.

Sirius Minerals has confirmed that the construction of its polyhalite project at the Woodsmith Mine site near Whitby formally commenced on May 4.

The North York Moors National Park Authority is continuing to work with Sirius Minerals to ensure that the amenities of local residents and the surrounding sensitive environment are adequately safeguarded from the impacts of the construction.

A number of arrangements have been put in place to ensure that the agreed environmental mitigation and compensation works detailed in the associated Section 106 agreement will deliver the positive mitigation measures proposed to help offset the impacts of the mine development.

Andy Wilson, Chief Executive Officer at the North York Moors National Park said: “We appreciate that there will be some disruption during the construction stage of the mine and are working closely with all parties to carry out mitigation and ensure that we can deliver the range of positive projects funded by the S106 agreement.”

Mr Wilson added: “The Authority has appointed two key posts to lead on the monitoring of the mine construction. Briony Fox, Director of Polyhalite Projects joined us on April 3 and Robert Smith will take up the position of Senior Minerals Planner later in May.

“He will be responsible for ensuring the mine is delivered in accordance with the very detailed planning approval.”