Town council to back potash plans

York Potash's Doves Nest Farm site near Sneaton
York Potash's Doves Nest Farm site near Sneaton

Whitby Town Council agreed to support the building of a potash mine following a heated debate about the project this week

There were exchanges between councillors and members of the public at Tuesday’s extra-ordinary meeting - called to discuss the re-submission of York Potash’s plans to construct a multi-million pound mine on the outskirts of Whitby.

Most of the audience were in favour of the mine going ahead and appealed to councillors to cut the red tape and let York Potash get on with it.

One man said: “It is unbelievable the amount of hysteria about this mine. The National Park is more than capable of looking at this application - they have the people that know what they are talking about.

“We don’t need to keep dragging it out, otherwise this wonderful mine will be gone.”

Geoff Wilson added: “Stuff the National Park and stuff the tourism authorities. People who own shops and businesses in town want people in them and the mine will provide that.

“If it brings just 100 jobs, it’s a hundred more than we have now.”

Cllr Derek Robinson said the mine would destroy the tourism industry “at a stroke” and also warned “somebody will die going across to Middlesbrough in an ambulance with construction vehicles every two minutes.”

Three motions were put to the vote but the council opted to support the mine if mitigations were put in place but also wanted further meetings.