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Title: APPUBLIC1079


1
Six Monthly Review of the Coal Authoritys High
Level Objectives
  • AP/PUBLIC/1079
  • Philip Lawrence, Chief Executive
  • 19 September 2007

2
Objective 1
  • Manage the legacy environmental and safety issues
    arising from the UK coal mining industry which
    are within our responsibility, addressing
    liabilities efficiently and treating minewater
    pollution appropriately within the legal
    framework.
  • Public Safety
  • Issues relating to the Public Safety project were
    discussed with the Board at the Awayday in May.
    Actions from the Awayday are significantly
    complete and have included
  • A review of mine entries information on MRSDS
    and the development of a future strategy for
    inspections.
  • A review of Authority records which may contain
    information relating to public safety.
  • Discussions with developers and planners with
    respect to public safety issues and coal mining
    legacy. The Authority held a one day seminar
    for members of the British Drilling Association
    on 26 July and a further drilling seminar for
    Dudley Council officials will take place in
    October.
  • Consultation with the HSE, BERR and Department
    for Communities and Local Government.
  • The current position of the project will be
    discussed by the Executive in September and
    proposals will be made at the Board meeting.
  • The Authority in partnership with Merthyr Tydfil
    County Borough Council, agreed that the land at
    Heolgerrig is a danger to the public and has
    therefore been fenced. Discussions on next steps
    continue.

3
Objective 1 (continued)
  • Manage the legacy environmental and safety issues
    arising from the UK coal mining industry which
    are within our responsibility, addressing
    liabilities efficiently and treating minewater
    pollution appropriately within the legal
    framework.
  • Minewater
  • Construction of the Dawdon minewater treatment
    scheme is progressing and Contract 2 negotiations
    nearing completion.
  • Defra reviewed and amended the initial
    methodology for the non-coal minewater project.
    It has been successfully piloted in the Dee
    Catchment Area on the North Wales/England border.
    The results could lead to changes in approach
    prior to it being rolled out nationally. The
    project is due to be completed at the end of
    March 2009.
  • It is anticipated that all the work associated
    with the planning, design and land purchase for
    the four schemes programmed to be constructed in
    2008-2009 will have been completed by the end of
    September 2007.
  • A web based collaboration forum is now being used
    by the minewater team enabling direct
    communication with external contractors with the
    sharing of key documents reducing risks and
    improving efficiency.
  • The project management system for minewater
    treatment schemes has been installed and staff
    are undergoing training prior to the system going
    live.

4
Objective 2
  • Expand the provision of coal mining reports and
    records and public sector information to meet the
    needs of the market and to use our resources and
    expertise to distribute electronically a range of
    other information.
  • The Authority has produced 249,000 mining reports
    against a budget of 258,000 as at the end of
    August. 89 of these have been electronically
    ordered and delivered. (84.5 lt1 day (target
    90), 98 lt5 days (target 98)
  • A pilot XML portal has been developed to enable
    customers to automate the submission of mining
    reports directly from their own systems. If the
    pilot is successful the portal will be enhanced
    to offer additional services to customers and is
    the first step towards licensing data for
    commercial use.
  • The Ground Stability Report (GSR) continues to be
    promoted at conferences, exhibitions, in
    professional journals and also directly with
    customers. It currently accounts for 6 of the
    market of which 46 are for properties off the
    coalfield.
  • Mining and natural subsidence has been given
    authorised status for inclusion in HiPs which
    are being rolled out. Three bedroom properties
    that come on the market will require HiPs as
    from 10 September 2007. Discussions are
    continuing with CLG about our mining data and
    impact on the market
  • Discussions continue with BGS on a number of
    issues including closure of a number of projects
    that BGS have undertaken for the Authority. We
    are exploring with BGS the extension of the GSR
    to include other non-coal mining information but
    are researching thoroughly markets and customers
    before concluding to invest further.
  • Following the continued success of the
    interpretive reports service, the system has been
    upgraded to increase resilience and reduce the
    manual effort required to produce reports.
  • Work has begun on defining the next generation of
    the Mining Reports and Surface Damage System and
    the replacement of the MRSDS and Variant A
    contracts which together provide support and
    maintenance of all the Authoritys ICT services.

5
Objective 2 (continued)
  • Expand the provision of coal mining reports and
    records and public sector information to meet the
    needs of the market and to use our resources and
    expertise to distribute electronically a range of
    other information.
  • Replacement mining reports insurance cover will
    be negotiated with effect from 1 October 2007.
    CON29M search cover will be increased to 50,000
    in light of increased property prices and to
    future-proof the cover for the contract period to
    2011.

6
Objective 3
  • Manage the Authoritys land and mineral estate
    and the associated liabilities and
    responsibilities.
  • Work is ongoing in progressing a number of
    disposals to meet the 2007-2008 capital receipts
    target of 370,000. Strategic sites have also
    been identified which may benefit from a change
    in planning policy in future years.
  • 421,000 has also been secured in clawback
    against the target for the year of 2.2 million.
    There are a number of transactions in the
    pipeline including a potential premium in respect
    of mineral royalties at Albion Void which is the
    subject of a separate Board paper.
  • Income from rentals is on target to generate
    80,000 for the first half of 2007-2008. The
    income is made up from property rentals,
    structural precaution consents and fees generated
    by in-house surveyors.
  • Estates have acquired land for the four minewater
    treatment schemes scheduled to be built during
    2008-2009. Land negotiations are also well
    advanced on a number of schemes identified in the
    Authoritys minewater five year plan. A further
    member of the Estates team has been recruited to
    bring the team back to full strength.
  • Work is ongoing to dispose of liability sites
    including exit strategies for a number of long
    term leasehold interests. This area of work is
    significant and may potentially involve
    litigation. A significant amount of work has
    been carried out in respect of the former
    Creswell Colliery and Clipstone Colliery sites.
    The Clipstone buildings are due to be demolished
    in September.
  • There is an arbitration dispute pending in
    respect of land adjacent to the Leeds City East
    West ring road owned by Yorkshire Water. The
    land was subject to a working rights agreement
    and the dispute is in respect of works required
    to return the land back to Yorkshire Water.
    There is significant valuation work required to
    dispute Yorkshire Waters claim.
  • Work is ongoing with agreeing a reduction in the
    rateable value for the Authoritys Mansfield
    office, which when agreed will be backdated to
    2005.
  • The Authority continues with its tips inspection
    regime for tips in its ownership.

7
Objective 4
  • To seek out and exploit commercial opportunities,
    in accordance with the Governments Wider Markets
    Initiative, which are within the Authoritys
    vires and ambit.
  • Discussions continue with AI, the ICO and DBERR
    on accessing the Authoritys address base data.
    Issues associated with vires and data protection
    are being investigated in detail with the ICO
    (Information Commissioners Office).
  • Large scale camera work for third parties has
    generated income of 10,000 to date. Contracts
    have been negotiated with Coal Industry Social
    Welfare Organisation (CISWO) and the Forest of
    Dean to scan property holding data and mine plans
    which will generate 35,000. Discussions are
    ongoing with the West Riding of Yorkshire County
    Archives about scanning their tithe maps and they
    are seeking the necessary finance for this work
    to be undertaken. Work for Devon/Cornwall County
    Archives has been agreed in the sum of 10,000.
  • Tentative discussions have commenced with the
    Ordnance Survey about a large scale scanning
    project being undertaken by the Authority.
  • Data licensing documentation has been updated
    with DLA Piper to include much stronger IPR and
    other protections for the Authority.
  • A new contracts database has been developed to
    enable Authority contracts to be tracked and
    performance monitored and reported on.

8
Objective 5
  • Interact with industry and Government to promote
    the use of the UKs coal reserves as part of a
    diverse and secure energy portfolio.
  • The Government published its Energy White Paper
    entitled Meeting the Energy Challenge in May
    2007. The Paper made a value statement that
    making the best use of UK energy resources,
    including coal reserves, where it is economically
    viable and environmentally acceptable to do so
    contributes to our securing of supply goals.
  • BERR published the Overview of the work of the
    UK Coal Forum for the period November 2006 to
    June 2007 on its website (www.berr.gov.uk) on 3
    September. The Forum will continue to meet three
    times a year with the next meeting scheduled for
    October 2007. The future of the Forum will be
    reviewed annually. It is expected that the next
    Chair will be announced later in September. The
    Authority continues to be represented on the
    Forum by the Chief Executive.
  • One result arising from the Forum was the revival
    of the biannual meetings between Coalpro and the
    Minerals and Waste Committee of the Planning
    Officers Society (England and Wales). The
    Authority will participate and representatives
    from the Planning Officers Society in Scotland
    and Government will be invited. The Board is to
    receive proposals for greater interaction with
    Local Authorities.
  • UK Coal Plc won its legal case and is proceeding
    with developing surface mines at Lodge House in
    Derbyshire and Long Moor, Leicestershire. Miller
    Argent have also commenced work at the Ffos y
    Fran Land Reclamation Scheme in South Wales. The
    Authority has given evidence in connection with
    the Muir Dean appeal.
  • The Court of Appeal granted AML leave to appeal
    the decision of Mrs. Justice Dobbs on 25 July in
    respect of granting Corus an exploration licence
    for Margam. The hearing is scheduled to take
    place between 4 and 6 February 2008.

9
Objective 5 (continued)
  • Interact with industry and Government to promote
    the use of the UKs coal reserves as part of a
    diverse and secure energy portfolio.
  • Powerfuel Plc continue to make good progress in
    reopening Hatfield Colliery which is now
    producing development coal.
  • Energybuild Mining Ltd, the operator of
    Aberpergwm Mine, floated on the AIM on 6 August
    and raised approximately 10.6 million to develop
    the Mine and adjoining underground anthracite
    reserves. It has also identified further
    possible opencast sites within the Aberpergwm
    surface lease.
  • Unity Mine in South Wales produced its first
    development coal on 1 August 2007.

10
Risks, Strategy, Recommendation
  • Risks
  • The high level objectives capture the Authoritys
    duties and functions in a task based format. Non
    compliance would indicate that we are at risk of
    failing to meet those duties/functions and in
    providing services to our customers and
    stakeholders. In practice this could have direct
    detrimental impacts on the land conveyance
    market, the quality of our natural environment,
    the safety of individuals and their property, and
    leave the Authority ill prepared to meet the
    demands of the coal industry it regulates.
  • Non compliance could be as a consequence of an
    insufficient allocation of grant-in-aid from DTI.
  • A risk management database has been procured from
    the Nuclear Decommissioning Agency enabling both
    organisations to demonstrate the sharing of
    public services in order to obtain best value for
    money. It will systemise the management of the
    Authoritys risk register.
  • Strategy
  • The monitoring and reporting of the
    organisations performance against its high level
    objectives highlights to the Board the
    effectiveness of the implementation of the
    Authoritys strategy and policies.
  • Attached as Appendix 1 to this paper are the
    cumulative key performance indicators as at the
    end of July 2007, together with the incident
    statistics at Appendix 2.
  • Recommendation
  • The Board is asked to note the above comments.
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