Celtic Energy, the leading coal mining company in Wales, recently held a series of public exhibitions to allow members of the community to find out more about its proposals for an extension at Selar Surface Mine.

Appreciating the important role public consultation plays i the planning process, as well as advertising the exhibition events in the local press, Celtic Energy write directly to over 3,000 residents living in the communities nearby, inviting people to meet with the company face to face and discuss its plans for Selar North.

Beginning on 29 June, over 100 people attended the events held in Cwmgwrach, Glynneath and Rhigos, using the opportunity to speak with representatives from Celtic Energy about any issues or concerns they had regarding the extension.

Rob Thompson, Site Manager at Selar, comments: “It was great that people used these exhibition events as an opportunity to meet with us and discuss the proposals for Selar. Based on feedback we have received so far, lorry movements and the road network seem to be key areas that we need to carefully consider when it comes to finalising the application.

It was also good to hear from many people that they already recognise the efforts we go to to mitigate the impact of our activities – including the monitoring of dust, noise and vibration levels to ensure compliance with current guidelines and permissions. I would like to assure everyone that we will continue to manage and monitor these effectively.”

Over the coming weeks Celtic energy has committed to providing individuals with a response to the specific questions they asked via feedback forms. The team would encourage those who took the forms away after the events to complete and return them by 31 July in order that they can be considered prior to submission of the final planning application.

All the information on display at the exhibitions is now available to download from the Selar Consultation page on Celtic Energy’s website, www.coal.com. An electronic feedback form is also available from the website for those who would prefer to respond via e-mail.

People can also make their views known via freephone 0845 618 0017, e-mail enquiries@coal.com or write to Celtic Energy Limited, 9 Beddau Way, Castlegate Business Park, Caerphilly, CF83 2AX.

In the coming months Celtic Energy will be progressing with the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) with a view to submitting the final planning application for the Selar North extension in the Autumn.