The Coal Authority works to protect the public and the environment in coal mining areas. We manage the effects of past coal mining in order to promote public safety and safeguard the landscape – now and for future generations.
Seven million properties lie within Britain’s coalfields and we have records of over 170,000 coal mine shafts. We are carrying out an inspection programme of these mine shafts as part of our public safety strategy.
We have inspected more than 50,000 shafts and this year, we will undertake a visual inspection of about 18,000 more mine shaft locations. In most cases (99%) there is no visual evidence of the mine shaft. Sometimes we identify the need for some maintenance or remedial works. If a mine shaft is open or there is coal mining subsidence, we will act quickly to ensure that you and the community are safe.
The inspection programme will allow us to keep our records up to date and to identify whether we need to carry out any work.
- If you have received a letter from us and would like to book an appointment with one of our inspectors, please call: 0845 762 6848 between 9:00am and 5:00pm on weekdays
- Please browse the useful information links and other pages in this section for more information on our mine entry inspection programme.