Collyweston slate mine to reopen after 50 years

Claude Smith Collyweston Slater feature - Nigel Smith at work in the Collyweston slate mine'Photo: SM170212-062js ENGEMN00120120217130624
Claude Smith Collyweston Slater feature - Nigel Smith at work in the Collyweston slate mine'Photo: SM170212-062js ENGEMN00120120217130624

Councillors have given the go-ahead for a Collyweston slate mine to become operational again after more than 50 years.

East Northamptonshire District Council approved Claude N Smith Ltd’s application to reopen the mine in Slate Drift, Collyweston, at a meeting on Tuesday.

The firm specialises in the material which was historically used on roofs around the area and the country. But its mines have not been used since the 1960s.

Nigel Smith, who runs the firm, believes there is a 10-year supply of true Collyweston slate, which differs from the thicket Duddington slate, in the mines, at an extraction rate of 250 tonnes a year, equalling 5,000sqm of slate when laid.

The firm hopes to train apprentices from nearby construction businesses.