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Mining jobs threat

It is understood that up to 60 jobs could be lost at an open cast mine in Dumfries and Galloway. The redundancies would be at AHT's site in Glenmucklock, Kirkconnel.

Reacting to the news local MSP Elaine Murray released a statement which said:

"This is terrible news for people in Upper Nithsdale, where unemployment is already high and job opportunities are limited.Councillor John Syme and I have arranged to meet with the Chief Executive of AHT on Monday 28th May to discuss the implications of the announcement and what actions might be able to be taken locally to mitigate this. I shall also be in contact with Scottish Enterpriserequesting assistance with alternative employment opportunities."

– Elaine Murray MSP

Local Councillor, and member of the Glenmucklock Liasion Group, John Syme commented:

"This is an absolute hammer blow for our area - which already suffers from a high level of deprivation. The present situation means that people are already looking for jobs that just are not there. Even a small number of redundancies have a massive impact on our area. ElaineMurray and I will be meeting with the Chief Executive of AHT on Monday to represent my constituents at this difficult time. We will also be looking at all avenues of support to aid those who will be facing redundancy."

– John Syme

In response the company says that while the demand for coal remains strong the international coal prices have fallen significantly over the past nine months. They add the prices will reduce the boards expectations of trading performance.

Following a further fall in the International price of coal, it has taken a decision to defer commencement of the planned Glenmuckloch Eastern extension. The Board will review the investment case to either proceed or begin final restoration of the current site towards the end of this calendar year. The deferment will have little impact on production levels in the current financial year but, if ultimately a decision was made not to proceed with the site at all, volumes would be reduced by approximately 500,000 tonnes in total over thesubsequent two years.

– TH Resources plc (AIM:ATH)

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