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The Decline Of The Industry Continued
After Nationalisation 1947

Book 6

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1986 - Page 21

Exchange of workings with neighbouring Areas, North Derbyshire part of Central Area and South Yorkshire Area and exchange information for boundary adjustments as per planning and ensure that notification sent to the Secretary of British Coal at Hobart House, London re any boundary changes.

Scaling and rating figures for each colliery regarding amount of coal produced in each Parish or carried through each Parish.

Ensure up to date weekly progress plans for faces and development were available for use at HQ for all departments.

Deal with correspondence and ensure that it was filed after dealing with it and advising other staff.

Arrange for any interested person to see proposals of mine layouts, buildings etc following publication in the press and be able to speak on behalf of the Board.

And of course the unexpected job that cropped up frequently.

Appointed by law under the Mines and Quarries Act, 1954 to be Surveyor at the closed Newstead colliery temporarily 1987, and similarly at Blidworth 1987 and for 18 months at Mansfield colliery 1988-1989, where I had to complete plan work, stipple and colour all sectional mine plans for 5 seams, measure shafts and survey pit yard well and monitor shaft fill.

Stand in for the Deputy Surveyor and Area Chief Surveyor when on annual leave or otherwise.

Liaison with the Subsidence department and discuss with Planning department re perusing, checking from list prepared and signing of mine layouts re pillars, Special Sites of Scientific Interest (SSSi’s or triple Si s), National Grid pylons, sub-stations, also re major gas pipe lines and inter Area boundaries etc.

Underground demarcation points to date.

Survey Office liaise between collieries.

Note any Private mines, royalties and licenses.

Keep abreast with daily/weekly production tonnages and developments at collieries.
Liaise with local office of the Ordnance Survey re amendments to plans etc.

Liaise with Opencast and Minestone Executive re workings.

Organise or assist with triangulations and correlations at collieries.

Peruse, advise and monitor Risk Assessment folders kept at HQ for each colliery and update with any relevant information.

Liaise with Area Bore master / Exploration Engineer and crew re boreholes, co-ordinate positions and surface levels obtained and supplied to relevant colliery and Planning department and keep 1:10,000 plan to date.

Liaise re collieries assessed for Rescue Borehole surface layouts with workings up to say 500m deep in the event of a disaster.

Proffer help on all occasions when needed, e.g. shaft filling recording and water inflow in the shaft at Rufford.

Information from Geological department and confer periodically re boreholes etc and ensure information is taken to the relevant colliery.

Liaise and deliver up-dated Rescue and Fire fighting plans from collieries to the Mines Rescue Station.

Methane (petroleum) license and BP boreholes and positions and checking, calculating re several reaming out steel lining to allow workings to continue in safety.

Creating check list for Report and plans and checking over in detail, and then arranging for any amendments to be done by the Surveyor to his Abandonment seam plan from colliery to Photographer, and monitoring progress then arranging visit by Mines Inspector to peruse plans at relevant colliery with self and the Mine Surveyor for deposition at Mines Records Office, within the final specified time for deposition of 15 months (within 3 months of abandonment or after the seam had been discontinued for 12 months).

Discuss and assisting the Inspector to fill in the relevant M and Q Form.

Update and monitor weekly progress and development plans from collieries to HQ and maintain HQ 1:2500 scale seam plans for each colliery and also 1:10,000 scale plans.

Liaison officer between pits and HQ Ventilation Branch regarding signed auxiliary ventilation plans for headings.

Ensuring that all colliery spoil heap plans were up to date and arranging visits.

Report writing for any incident ensuring the Area Chief is aware of the facts.

Attend various meetings, particularly Production Manager’s monthly meetings to give up to date information from our side or relevant and note information to report back to Area Surveyor.

Advise and notify Area Surveyor of any shortcomings found in the department or collieries.

Advise on the progress of Apprentice Surveyors.

Be able to talk on a variety of subjects and present them at meetings.

Fulfilment of the ORG 67 – this is the all the organisational instructions set out for the relevant departments, in my case the Survey department, when the Areas were re-formed in April 1967.

The Production Instructions included: PD 1950/12 T and CP Directions under Article 4 GDO.

  • 1950/2-4 Closure of collieries and other Activities.
  • 1954/6: Code of Surveying Practice. PI
  • 1959/5 Plans of Abandoned Mines.
  • 1960/5: Licensed Mines – Verifying and Checking Disposals and Royalties.
  • 1960/6: Ventilation Development Plans.
  • 1967/5: Notice of Approach or Intention to Work – Electricity Undertakings in England and Wales.
  • 1967/6: Ancient Monuments etc – Buildings of Outstanding Historic or Architectural Interest.
  • 1967/10: Water Resources Act 1963 (Sec 78) – bore a hole or sink a shaft or abandon an old shaft.
  • 1968/8: Workings under the sea – sea not applicable inland but large areas of water are.
  • 1969/4: Control and Security of Disused or Abandoned Shafts or Adits.
  • 1970/8: Precautions when NCB employees go underground at Licensed Mines.
  • 1971/1: Management of Tips.
  • 1971/4: Safety Precautions when drilling from surface through coal measures.
  • 1972/4: Procedure for Assessment of Reserves.
  • 1974/1: Signing of Mine Plans.
  • 1974/2: Joint NCB/IGS Examination of Geological Records in relation to Mining Operations.
  • 1974/4: Geological Assessment of Faces and Headings to determine ITP of Rocks.
  • 1975/8: Demarcation between Mine and Factory Law at Mines.
  • 1977/7: Updating of Plans at Collieries (Revised Jan 1979).
  • 1977/9: Recording and Sealing of Boreholes (Amended June 1978).
  • 1983/1: Petroleum Boreholes and Seismic Surveys in Coalfields.
  • 1983/2: Subsidence Damage Considerations in Colliery Planning and Costs.
  • 1984/4: Ignition Risk – Quartz, Pyrites (re Cardowan).

Area Instructions: included

  • No25 July 1979: Incendive Sparking – keep records.
  • No 24 July 1979: Water Management Control.
  • No 30 July 1979: Demarcation Plan.
  • No 4 Aug: Signing of Mine Plans 1974/1.
  • Apr 1976: Prevention of Spontaneous Combustion.
  • Apr 1968: Surveyors and Plans – Opencast and Deep Mine Workings – Water dangers from Opencast Sites.
  • Aug 1986: Signing of Mine Plans.

NCB/SI (1) 5 Oct 1973 Alteration to Area Boundary – notify Area Staff Manager to notify Hobart House (Secretary).

Chancery Court Orders under Mines (Working and Facilities) Act 1923:

  • 1937:- Bolsover Colliery Co – Creswell and Mansfield. Sherwood Colliery Co:– Mansfield.
  • 1949: NCB:- Hucknall and Basford.
  • 1955:- Hucknall and Basford.
  • 13th Mar 1957: - Mansfield Town Pillar to 2036.
  • 1964:- Mansfield and Sutton.

CCI 84 (4) Subsidence:

  • If calculated anticipated costs are +3% of saleable proceeds then Area Director must be informed - e.g. £40/tonne proceeds max £1.20 tonne subsidence costs.
  • ii) If one single claim is +£250,000. iii) If exceptional social/environmental consequences.

Be aware and keep abreast of PI 1983/2: Subsidence Damage considerations in Colliery Planning and Costs: Purpose: to ensure that each stage of planning and authorisation of mine layouts, the extent and cost of subsidence damage is fully taken into account and to ensure that proper budgets for subsidence damage are prepared. Concept: The Board’s subsequent cost for subsidence damage from mining operations during any one year is charged against individual collieries during that year based on technical estimates. Procedure:

  • i) estimate made in advance of the year.
  • ii) estimate revised during and at end of year – balance year – year carried forward.

Waddilove Report findings (part):
One of the main recommendations was ‘not notifying the public’ of the Board’s intentions to mine coal. Action taken:
Notice in 2 Local Newspapers for 2 weeks once every 12 months in June.
a) where mining has taken place during last 12 months.
b) where mining is to continue during the next 12 months.
c) where mining is to begin. – and an invitation to the public to request a mini mining report. (there were only 250 requests in 1986) on attached pro-forma.

Authorisation of Mine Layouts (see PI 1974/1): 5 year development plan: Layout Plan stage: Area Surveyor responsible for consultations necessary ….sign the various plans after thoroughly checking same.

Liaise re workings from other collieries approaching each other, particularly from other Areas of the NCB (British Coal).

I was later chosen as representative of the department to assess and amend/alter and liaise with the National Chief Surveyor and Minerals Manager Albert Sturgess at Bretby the MASHAM document (Mines Administration Safety and Health at Mines) which was to replace the present system.

Also keeping abreast of the Statutes that applied when I was Colliery Surveyor at Ollerton.
These included:

  • Mines and Quarries Act 1954.
  • The Coal and Other Mines (Working Plans) Rules 1956.
  • The Coal and Other Mines (Surveyors and Plans) Regulations 1956.
  • The Coal and Other Mines (Abandonment Plans) Rules 1956.
  • The (Precautions Against Inrushes) Regulations 1956.
  • The Coal and Other Mines (Ventilation) Regulations 1956.
  • The Coal and Other Mines (Fire and Rescue) Regulations 1956.
  • The Coal and Other Mines (Electricity) Regulations 1956.
  • The Coal and Other Mines (Managers and Officials) Regulations 1956.
  • The Coal and Other Mines (Precautions Against Inflammable Dust) Regulations 1956.
  • Mines and Quarries (Tips) Act 1969.
  • The Mines and Quarries (Tips) Regulations 1971.
  • The Mines and Quarries (Tipping Plans) Rules 1971.