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Daw Mill development plans could bring 1,000 jobs

Amended plans for the development of the former Daw Mill Colliery site near Arley in Warwickshire have been submitted by a property regeneration company, who say it could bring 1,000 jobs back to the site.

Daw Mill Colliery closed last year Credit: ITV News Central

The new plans take into account the views of community groups, local residents, councillors and businesses.

A 500,000 square foot light industrial business space is at the centre of the application, which the Harworth Estates company says will bring employment back to the Daw Mill site quickly, given the impact the colliery's closure had on the community.

We have responded to the concerns of the local stakeholders by reducing the size of the development by a third from our original application and by removing distribution units that will reduce movements by heavy goods vehicles to and from the site by more than 70%.

We want to make best use of Daw Mill’s assets – its railhead and its high power supply – to attract end users that will move goods via the connection to the Nuneaton to Birmingham line.

We estimate that we can deliver more than 1,000 new jobs, once the site is fully developed, directly replacing the jobs lost when the colliery ceased operating in March 2013.

– Owen Michaelson, Chief Executive of Harworth Estates

UK Coal closed the colliery in March 2013 after a major fire, bringing 47 years of coal production to an end.

The ownership of Daw Mill was transferred to Harworth following the insolvency of UK Coal Operations Ltd in July 2013.


Police hunt car which hit child and then sped away

Police are still searching for a silver car that they think was involved in a hit-and-run that left a child in hospital Credit: West Midlands Police

Police are still searching for a silver car that they think was involved in a hit-and-run that left a child in hospital.

An 11-year-old boy was left severely injured when he was struck by a car on Cheveral Avenue in the Radford area of Coventry on the evening of Monday October 20.

Officers believe the child was hit by a silver, two door hatchback. The driver sped away from the scene without stopping.

Although the victim was taken to hospital with a range of injuries, he has since been released and is recovering at home.

"We believe the vehicle involved is a small silver two door hatchback and following the collision the car would have significant front end damage.

"I am appealing to anyone who has seen a car matching this description to come forward. If you have been asked to repair a car with driver front end damage then I want to hear from you.

"If you have noticed a car in your street with new damage or if any friend or relative cannot explain new damage that has appeared on their car then please call us with information.

"We are determined to find the person responsible for driving away from the collision. I would also appeal to the person driving this car to do the right thing and come forward, we can then get their side of the story."

– PS Laura Floyd, from the force’s traffic department


Global Gathering cancels 2015 festival

Organisers of the Warwickshire dance festival Global Gathering say it will not be on next year.

Global Gathering festival will be on a 'break' in 2015 Credit: PA

The event, which has been running for 13 years at Long Marston Airfield near Stratford, will take a break in 2015.

Festival bosses say that they will spend the time revising the event to guarantee that it keeps it's place at 'the heart' of the dance music market.

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