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Mining concerns refuted again

By West Briton  |  Posted: November 08, 2012

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THE suggestion that the resumption of mining at South Crofty could jeopardise Cornwall and West Devon's World Heritage Site status has been refuted again.

Earlier this year, the West Briton revealed that UNESCO was unhappy that it had not been fully consulted before Cornwall Council granted planning permission to Western United Mines.

In its state of conservation report to delegates at its annual meeting in St Petersburg in June, UNESCO expressed its "utmost concern" and called for work at the mine to be halted until an assessment had been made of the impact.

Locally, community leaders described the idea that mining should not be allowed inside a mining World Heritage Site as "bizarre", and played down the risk.

This week, BBC TV's Inside Out programme reported that the threat to the area's WHS status had not gone away. However, English Heritage again insisted there was no problem.

In a statement to The West Briton, a spokesman said: "While mining in World Heritage Sites is viewed as a threat in other parts of the world, it makes sense in the context of the Cornish Mining WHS as its outstanding universal value is all about its mining heritage."

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  • caroclemens  |  November 12 2012, 10:50PM

    Somebody at UNESCO is making the organisation look stupid. Mining is what gives the WHS a shread of cred. If they want to make a fuss about something, there are better things to pick on.

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