Breaking: Hatfield Colliery expected to close this week

Hatfield Colliery
Hatfield Colliery

Doncaster’s last remaining deep coal mine is to close by the end of the week, according to reports.

Hatfield Colliery, at Stainforth, had been expected to close in 2016 but now looks set to close this week, meaning the loss of 430 jobs.

Micheal O’Sullivan, spokesman for the colliery, said: “We can’t find a market for the coal, so there is no point in producing it.”

The pit has been run by an employee-owned trust since 2013.”

Mr O’Sullivan said workers were told the news as they came on shift at the mine on Monday evening and there was sufficient money to pay all contractual undertakings for the workers.

External factors such as low coal prices, a switch to renewable energy and large coal stocks are being blamed for the current position by Mr O’Sullivan.

Last month a Government grant of £20m was aimed to provide Hatfield Colliery Partnership with support until its planned closure in August 2016.

Last year the colliery also secured a £4m loan from the National Union of Mineworkers

Doncaster North MP Ed Miliband asked for more Government support for the colliery in Parliament.