A lot of mis­placed sen­ti­ment for min­ing

Cynon Valley - - YOUR VIEW - Mike Parker Ystrad My­nach

AS an ex-mineworker and later as a ju­nior mem­ber of Bri­tish Coal man­age­ment one can eas­ily fall into the trap of be­ing sen­ti­men­tal re­gard­ing the demise of min­ing.

How­ever, why in the eastern val­leys af­ter 30 years of the in­dus­try’s demise are we still in­flicted with the scars of re­main­ing spoil tips and other relics such as the Pe­nallta Pit Head site? Many have been re­moved, true, but there are still some re­main­ing.

Why ex­actly are we cel­e­brat­ing the ex­ploita­tion of work­ers in the most dan­ger­ous en­vi­ron­ments, which oc­curred up un­til the 1950s?

Then later the agency for change in the 1980s – as a re­sult of the min­ers strike – ques­tion­ing the tenets of democ­racy.

Would res­i­dents of the Home Coun­ties coun­te­nance spoil tips any­where? Let’s re­turn the Val­leys in ev­ery cor­ner to their nat­u­ral beauty.

Pe­nallta col­liery at Hen­goed, pic­tured in 1970

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