250 jobs could be created at new St Austell tin mine
HUNDREDS of jobs could be created if plans to revive a tin mine near St Austell prove successful.
UK exploration company Treliver Minerals Ltd has expressed interest in reopening Gaverigan mine, situated between St Dennis and Treviscoe. It said the project could directly employ up to 250 people, as well as hundreds more in supporting industries.
Mark Thompson, CEO of the firm, gave a presentation of the company's plans to St Enoder Parish Council last month.
Michael Hopkins, chairman of St Enoder Parish Council, said new jobs would be welcomed by local people.
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"New jobs keeping people in the mining industry would certainly be welcome," he said.
"We have skilled workers capable and available to work in the mining environment which obviously is a benefit to them," he added.
Mr Hopkins said the council did have some concerns but was open-minded about the proposals.
"The initial impressions of the council, were that they seem genuine and they seem to be making the right noises in regard to consultation and trying to ensure that any reworking of the mines would have minimum impact on neighbouring areas," Mr Hopkins said.
During the presentation given by Mr Thompson, councillors raised some concerns about the project, in particular the noise generated by the mine and the impact on people living nearby.
"He (Mr Thompson) said compulsory purchases could be made on affected properties at 20 per cent above the market value," Mr Hopkins explained.
Mr Thomson told the council the project would generate an estimated 100 to 250 jobs and for each person directly employed by the project, up to six additional supporting jobs could be created.
In January this year Treliver Minerals began drilling work at Treliver Farm, near St Columb Major.
The company hopes to begin drilling at Gaverigan in the near future and Mr Thompson told the council affected residents will be consulted before any work begins.
A planning application will have to be approved by Cornwall Council if the mine is to be reopened.