Residents on a former coal board housing estate near Leeds are threatened with eviction as they wait to find out if their homes will be demolished.
Investment company Pemberstone is looking to build 72 new homes on Sugar Hill Lane and Wordsworth Drive in Oulton, Rothwell.
The existing homes were initially only to be used as short-term housing, but have now stood for over 50 years. Although the coal mines are no longer the spirit of community values arising out of hard work and respect remains. Tenants are worried they will be priced out of the area if the plan goes ahead.
Most of the affected 250 tenants live on short-term tenancies so can be evicted without an alternative local home being found. Only a small number of the tenants have agreements in place where alternative accommodation has to be provided.
Due to a change of date in Planning Committee Meetings the Rally will not be held until new date is known.
*Note: Rothwell Haigh Collieries was the generic name for 155 shafts and adits. Roman remains have been found in an old well and the area was mentioned in the Domesday survey of 1086. The last pit in the area, Rothwell Colliery, closed on 9 December 1983 with the loss of 650 jobs.
*Source ‘Yorkshire Collieries 1947 – 1994’ Eddie Downes