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Hay Royds colliery West Yorkshire
Posted: 12/01/2013 12:56:25
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Another one bites the dust ...

Me and the Mrs walked past this place last year and I've just heard from a mate that it's gone.

Pictures are "borrowed" of a mate of mine as he's local

As it "Was"


And as it "is" now


Link to It's entry on here for those that are interested
http://www.aditnow.co.uk/mines/Hay-Royds-Coal-Colliery/

Shame yet another small enterprise has gone Sad
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Posted: 12/01/2013 13:46:56
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I'll leave it to others to lament the decline in independent collieries in Yorkshire, but what impressed me more than anything was the fact that whoever removed the gear and levelled the site clearly had no intention towards environmental improvements of any description.

If the remnants of the mine cannot be preserved, then why destroy the site and turn the place into a wasteland in the first place? What is the commercial value of the residual plant and why don't the local authorities require/enforce remedial works?
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Posted: 12/01/2013 17:44:03
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Not a wasteland, more a "brownfield development site".

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Posted: 12/01/2013 17:58:29
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Roger the Cat wrote:

I'll leave it to others to lament the decline in independent collieries in Yorkshire, but what impressed me more than anything was the fact that whoever removed the gear and levelled the site clearly had no intention towards environmental improvements of any description.



I don't know anything about it, but theres still a fence up in photo.

Perhaps its a 'work in progress' ?
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Posted: 12/01/2013 19:32:19
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I suspect that both of you chaps are correct. I'm willing to bet that the fencing will disappear ere long after the 'hazzard' has been complied with, after which a few hundred tons of hardcore, hogging and a motor roller will make their appearance and hey presto! - a lorry park (sorry - a logistics centre). IP: 79.75.88.8
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Posted: 12/01/2013 19:40:36
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christwigg wrote:

Roger the Cat wrote:

I'll leave it to others to lament the decline in independent collieries in Yorkshire, but what impressed me more than anything was the fact that whoever removed the gear and levelled the site clearly had no intention towards environmental improvements of any description.



I don't know anything about it, but theres still a fence up in photo.

Perhaps its a 'work in progress' ?


Exactly. Planning permission usually includes conditions for restoration. There may also be a bond in place to pay for it if the owner defaults.
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Posted: 12/01/2013 20:17:27
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Bit more info on here ....

http://www.welshcoalmines.co.uk/forum/read.php?4,47941
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Posted: 13/01/2013 11:21:15
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You may be interested to know plans have been drawn up to landscape the site which is still owned by David Flack.

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Posted: 13/01/2013 16:20:49
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I was under the impression that Flack sold out to Riche Mining IP: 86.170.219.202
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Posted: 13/01/2013 20:36:24
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Ty Gwyn wrote:

I was under the impression that Flack sold out to Riche Mining


Only the colliery, not the land.
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Posted: 13/01/2013 20:55:12
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Morrisey wrote:

Ty Gwyn wrote:

I was under the impression that Flack sold out to Riche Mining


Only the colliery, not the land.




I see,
I was under the impression that the Bond was held by the CA for the Licencee,and would be used by them to re-instate if the Licencee failed to do so,but retunable once the re-instatement was completed satisfactory.

But as you say,Flack retained ownership of the land.
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Hay Royds colliery West Yorkshire
Posted: 14/01/2013 19:51:40
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Very Sad Day!,
I had a few mates took redundancy from Denby Grange when it closed and got set on there, I thought that they would have been able to stay until retirement, but such is the Governments need for Coal!, Mark my words if more oil and gas isn,t found soon, watch the dash back to coal.
And if they do tell the Labour and Conservative idiots who sanctioned the closures, to mine it themselves.
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Posted: 14/01/2013 21:42:05
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Well said Cyril,but the strange thing is,we are burning more coal for electricity generation now,than we were 10yrs ago,read the other day,40% of electricity comes from coal generation,makes one wonder why they keep erecting these wind turbines.

Your mates might have had better job security if Flack had continued working the Colliery,Riche Mining as far as i know,came on the scene a few years back,when they purchased the Johnson Colliery,Blaenafon,Nr Abergavenny,with their head office in the Virgin Islands,owned by a Chinese gentleman,last year they bought into Dan y graig No.4,Crynant ,Nr Neath,also in South Wales,which is still developing,driving through the gobs,that i worked in the late 70`s early 80`s.

What i heard ,after they purchased Hayroyds they had a big fall on the drifts,if that is true,and since ,no further work carried on,your mates would know for sure the main reason for closure.
They have also closed the Johnson Colliery.
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Posted: 27/01/2013 01:22:08
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I was working at Hayroyds on duke wood intake addit widening roadway to make way for new m/cery, about 9 of us got laid off in april2012. Within 4 wks everybody else apart from man, elec and mech eng was made redundant. Riche mining had bought Hayroyds as it was almost bankrupt. Had it a year before closing it, they wanted 200 ton per week but was struggling to make it as m/cs were in need of overhaul. Both drifts have been blocked and semi backfilled ( there was a fall in rtn drift half way 500 m I/b but had already stopped producing) most of men got reployed at other pits, manager was great bloke dave cook (much respect) he did his best to preserve pit and men. IP: 80.0.163.45
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Posted: 08/08/2013 13:35:13
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What was the reason David sold out so sad to see it like this. Sad IP: 176.24.52.184
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Posted: 09/08/2013 11:36:16
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It was virtually levelled by 03/04/13 when I visited... Sad

http://www.aditnow.co.uk/album/Hay-Royds-Colliery/

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Posted: 08/10/2019 11:24:01
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Sorry to resurrect a 6 year old thread.

But I came across this article from March 1997 in Mineral Industry International

https://www.aditnow.co.uk/documents/Hay-Royds-Coal-Colliery/Hay-Royds-Article-1997.pdf

Also added the photos to the galleries.
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Posted: 09/10/2019 16:27:53
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David Fleck is helping a group find,' Norcroft Colliery', where there was the disaster in 1821. They are after erecting a memorial to those lost. Problem is nobody knows which it is for certain. Various accounts place it in different locations. Strange thing is I run my stone over a site map and found a positive place, but none agree with me. I went on site with them dousing and found some shafts for them, but none showed up as the site. We will see what eventually they choose as the site.


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