Cleveland Potash Limited has announced plans to begin a major public information and consultation programme in preparation for seeking from the North York Moors Park Authority an extension in its planning permission.

Beginning early next month, the Community Engagement programme will include over 100 events running over four months, including an exhibition across 20 venues, public meetings, consultation with 16 Parish and Town Councils, and meetings with a range of key organisations.

It is hoped this will lead to jobs being saved and possibly created.

The current planning permission for operations at the Boulby Mine, which has been in place since 1968, expires in 2023 and Cleveland Potash Managing Director Marc Kirsten says it is vital that as many people as possible are consulted during the application to continue mining in to the future.

“Informing, listening to and taking into account the views of the community is an important element in the planning process, especially when Boulby plays such an important role in the area’s economic wellbeing.

Marc Kirsten, managing director

Details of the exhibitions and meetings, which will stretch from Redcar to Whitby, the Esk Valley up to Castleton and Danby, all of East Cleveland and Guisborough, will be announced soon. A questionnaire, seeking people’s views on extending the future of the mine, will be available at all the events and also online.