Council agree to invest £1m to explore bringing tin mining back to Cornwall

Plans to reopen South Crofty Mine near Pool, reviving a traditional Cornish industry and bringing well paid jobs to Cornwall, were given a boost today when full Council  agreed to invest £1 million in a share offering by Strongbow Exploration, the owners of South Crofty tin mine to assess viability. 

The mine closed in 1998, marking the end of one of Cornwall’s historic industries. Strongbow, the company that owns the mine, is planning to dewater the mine which will then lead to confirmation of the mineral resources in the mine and further investment to enable tin production to restart.

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Cabinet portfolio holder for economy and development Bob Egerton said: “Cornwall has a global reputation for exporting expertise and knowledge in mining and the Cabinet were clear in their desire to support this sector to re-start production in Cornwall and bring with it much needed high value jobs.

“If successful, restarting mining at South Crofty could create over 300 jobs and make a real differences to an area with high levels of deprivation.  

“I would stress we are at an early stage and will be working closely with Strongbow to test this is a viable prospect, with today’s full Council decision confirming support to explore this.”

 

Story posted 22 January 2019