IM Properties Pledges £50,000 to Build Colliery Memorial
8 March 2011
Warwick-based IM Properties has pledged £50,000 to build a memorial on the site of the former Birch Coppice Colliery at Birch Coppice Business Park.
Now one of the region’s most successful business parks, the colliery - which was closed on March 27th 1987 - formerly employed over 1,000 underground and surface workers. IM Properties plans to complete the memorial on the same date in 2012, which will mark the 25th anniversary of the pit’s closure.
Councillor Peter Morson who has been the driving force behind the initiative, said: “The help of the local community in reaching far and wide to locate colleagues and families of past workers will assist enormously in getting the initiative off the ground. The plan is to have names engraved on individual bricks which will be incorporated in the structure. I speak for the whole community in thanking IM Properties for their generous support.”
Kevin Ashfield, IM Properties’ development manager, said: “Coal mining was once the bedrock of the local economy in North Warwickshire and Birch Coppice helped sustain the wellbeing of the local community for over a hundred years and it has always been our objective to mark the site with a link to the past.
“This area - once famous for coal production - has reinvented itself as a prime centre of logistics and distribution, generating over 2,500 jobs. With over 1 million sq ft of design and build opportunities now launching at Phase 2 of the site, the Birch Coppice name lives on and continues to be a factor in the economic welfare of the region.”