4 Jan

Fundraising appeal hits target in record time

We are delighted to announce that, despite having to cancel or curtail a number of fundraisers due to the severe weather conditions before Christmas, we have reached our fundraising target in record time. This was due to a combination of £2,200 raised from the whisky tasting and Limited Editions raffle and a number of very generous donations from private individuals and community groups such as Conserving Rural Pencaitland.  Many thanks to all….means we start 2011 having paid all the bills and with a small surplus. We will consider what to do with that after 19th January which is the deadline for Scottish Coal to appeal the planning refusal. Cross everything!

18 Oct

Tutored Scotch Whisky Tasting for CAAOC funds

Fantastic fundraising event on Saturday 27th November at Cousland Village Hall

Tutored Scotch Whisky Tasting by Dr Bill Lumsden of Glenmorangie – a very popular event where Bill guides you through some special whiskies.

Contact airfield.couslandcoal@virgin.net for tickets £15.00 each. All proceeds to CAAOC

23 Sep

Stay Away Councillors Fuel ‘done deal’ concerns

Anger as only half our Councillors turn up for Hearing. Read our press release HERE.

6 Sep

CAAOC submits final objection report

CAAOC has handed in to Midlothian Council its final report in response to Scottish Coal’s latest submission. The report highlights the many inaccuracies and errors contained within Scottish Coal’s application, as well as summarising the issues and concerns raised in over 1000 objections to the opencast mine.

3 Sep

Last day to object – help us reach 1000 objections!

Please email your objections in TODAY. This is the last day for objections to Midlothian Council. Go to ‘support us/make an objection’ for details of how to emial in your objection. Remmber even if you have already objected, you need to send in another one. We’re now close to 1000 objections!!

16 Aug

Protest walk/cycle Sat 21st Aug

Coal Action Scotland are supporting our campaign with a protest walk/cycle to Cousland on Saturday 21st August, 3.00pm to 4.00pm. Come along to Cousland Village Hall from 3.00pm for tea and cakes, and a big group photo at 4.30pm. All supporters of our campaign will be most welcome.

12 Aug

Read CAAOC’s response to Scottish Coal’s latest submission

Scottish Coal have now submitted their additional information to support their application to Midlothian Council. The CAAOC group have looked at these documents and believe they fail to address most of the key concerns raised by the local communities affected, including:

  • Negative impact on the local economy – Scottish Coal have again failed to provide any details of the number of real new jobs they will be providing in the area. Is it not likely that the workforce will primarily comprise workers relocated from  their Shewington site (Rosewell)? They have taken no account of the views of existing businesses within the area (the vast majority of which they have failed to identify), many of whom have stated they will be detrimentally affected and are strongly opposed to the proposal.
  • Ground Stability – Scottish Coal have confirmed their awareness of the former lime workings surrounding Cousland and produced a plan of the workings based upon available records but they have offered no additional commentary regarding the potential for ground collapse. They claim that their original submissions addressed this adequately, but we have seen nothing which specifically addresses the matter.  The extent of the lime workings is still unknown and we note that Scottish Coal have omitted the annotation from their plans of the old limeworkings  which states that the flooded mine workings are un-surveyed, and therefore their full extent is unknown.

Read CAAOC’s latest report summarising these concerns and why we believe Scottish Coal have failed to address them.

14 Jul

What does your MP/MSP think?

We asked those standing in the recent election whether they supported our campaign:


“I do not believe the plans to be in the economic interests of Cousland and Midlothian.”
Rhona Brankin, Labour MSP

“…I feel that the local community and wildlife in both Midlothian and East Lothian will be adversely affected… and therefore I have significant concerns about this application as it currently stands.”
Ross Laird; Lib Dem candidate

“This particular application is so close to Cousland and raises so many environmental, health and safety issues I would be very concerned if it was approved.”
James Callander, Scottish Conservatives

“Opencast is a dead end, a way for the industry to offload its costs onto local communities, and we do not believe it should be used.”
Ian Baxter, Robin Harper & James Mackenzie :
Scottish Green Party candidates for Midlothian, East Lothian and Edinburgh East respectively.


“… Ormiston is quite some distance from the proposed site, and therefore health impacts are questionable … Though the routes of road traffic to the site is still unknown – so there does remain the possibility of increased movement of heavy vehicles through Ormiston itself – thus increasing road traffic noise.”
Gordon Norrie; UKIP Parliamentary Candidate for Midlothian


To date the following have not responded:
David Hamilton, Labour

Make your objection now!

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