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This presentation explores the past of the Wheal Jane mine site, and presents Wheal Jane's vision for the site's future as an earth science park and international business cluster.

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  • 1. The following is an adaptation of a presentation which charts the development of the Wheal Jane Masterplan. The Masterplan or Development Framework was adopted by Cornwall Council in December 2011 and establishes a planning framework which enables us to secure the future of the site through an innovative post-mining remediation project. The plan delivers a balanced mix of remediation and development which makes best use of the sites assets. Whilst returning the site once again to an economic employment asset for Cornwall, it also sees much of the site progressively remediated and integrated into the surrounding countryside.

2. INDEXPart 1 Wheal Jane: The site Part 2 Wheal Jane Mine: A Short HistoryPart 3 The Wheal Jane Group 1998 2013 Part 4 The Masterplan Vision, Conception and Development Part 5 Progress to DateWWW.WHEAL-JANE.CO.UK - 01872 560 200 01872 562000 OLD MINE OFFICES, WHEAL JANE, BALDHU, TRURO, CORNWALL, TR3 6EE 3. This view of the site looking roughly northwards and features Truro and its Cathedral a short distance beyond. The main A30 is just off the picture to the left, and the former Mount Wellington Mine in the immediate foreground. Despite being over 170 acres and only three miles from the centre of Truro, the site is remarkably well screened from local views, a significant feature which has been utilised in the development plans for the site. WWW.WHEAL-JANE.CO.UK - 01872 560 200 01872 562000 OLD MINE OFFICES, WHEAL JANE, BALDHU, TRURO, CORNWALL, TR3 6EE 4. Wheal Jane Mine: A Short History The mine was developed and reached full production between 1969 and 1972 following a period of exploration during the mid 1960s. The mine operated successfully and profitably until 1985 when the famous tin price crash threw much of the tin mining industry and particularly operations in Cornwall into turmoil when the price fell from 10,000 per tonne to around 3,000 per tonne overnight. With little signs of a recovery in the tin price following the crash in 1985, and despite huge efforts to keep the operation running by diversification, cost reductions and efficiencies, the mine was forced to close in 1991. Despite the closure being carried out in accordance with all statutory requirements, when the mine system eventually flooded to surface, an adit plug failure released a huge quantity of mineral laden mine water into the local river system, causing a major pollution incident. South Crofty Mine, the other remaining operating mine, by then owned by the same company but with lower costs and higher grade, managed to continue operations for a further seven years after the closure of Wheal Jane. However, again in the absence of any significant recovery in tin price, this also closed in 1998. Investment in the Wheal Jane processing plant which had taken place during the 1980s for the purpose of treating ore from both mines at the same plant meant that, between 1991 and 1998, apart from water treatment the only activity at the Wheal Jane site was the processing of South Crofty ore. With the closure of South Crofty in 1998, the Wheal Jane site therefore was essentially abandoned.WWW.WHEAL-JANE.CO.UK - 01872 560 200 01872 562000 OLD MINE OFFICES, WHEAL JANE, BALDHU, TRURO, CORNWALL, TR3 6EE 5. The official opening day in 1971, captured in this photograph of the celebration marquee positioned in one of the carparks above the headworks area.WWW.WHEAL-JANE.CO.UK - 01872 560 200 01872 562000 OLD MINE OFFICES, WHEAL JANE, BALDHU, TRURO, CORNWALL, TR3 6EE 6. The headworks area nearing completion with the processing plant top right. Construction is almost complete with the exception of the stores building in the centre foreground which has yet to be clad. The picture shows the two shafts, Clemows and No. 2, the headworks buildings arrangement and crusher house centre rear, and conveyor system up the hill to the processing plant.WWW.WHEAL-JANE.CO.UK - 01872 560 200 01872 562000 OLD MINE OFFICES, WHEAL JANE, BALDHU, TRURO, CORNWALL, TR3 6EE 7. An aerial shot taken at roughly the same time as the previous picture, but with the marquee missing from the carparking area on the extreme left.WWW.WHEAL-JANE.CO.UK - 01872 560 200 01872 562000 OLD MINE OFFICES, WHEAL JANE, BALDHU, TRURO, CORNWALL, TR3 6EE 8. This picture features the processing plant shortly after completion, and in the foreground the open old mine working known as the coffin which has, due to its inaccessible nature, become home for a range of wildlife including birds of prey, and has been protected and preserved within our long-term plans for the site. WWW.WHEAL-JANE.CO.UK - 01872 560 200 01872 562000 OLD MINE OFFICES, WHEAL JANE, BALDHU, TRURO, CORNWALL, TR3 6EE 9. A brief summary of the Wheal Jane Group The Wheal Jane Group was formed in 1998 following the closure of South Crofty mine which brought to an end to mining in Cornwall and virtually all activity on the Wheal Jane site. A management buyout secured the operating subsidiary companies which had been formed as part of the Wheal Jane and South Crofty mining operations. These include the following companies:WWW.WHEAL-JANE.CO.UK - 01872 560 200 01872 562000 OLD MINE OFFICES, WHEAL JANE, BALDHU, TRURO, CORNWALL, TR3 6EE 10. Wheal Jane Ltd is the Groups holding company, and carries out all activities related to the Wheal Jane site and its operation and development. WWW.WHEAL-JANE.CO.UK - 01872 560 200 01872 562000 OLD MINE OFFICES, WHEAL JANE, BALDHU, TRURO, CORNWALL, TR3 6EE 11. Carnon Contracting was a company formed to market the mining skills developed within the Cornish mines to other industries and sectors. Apart from those skills which the company still retains, including tunnelling, drilling, etc, the company has expanded its activities into more conventional civil engineering, renewable energy installations and other specialist contracting services. WWW.WHEAL-JANE.CO.UK - 01872 560 200 01872 562000 OLD MINE OFFICES, WHEAL JANE, BALDHU, TRURO, CORNWALL, TR3 6EE 12. Contracting ServicesCommercial Scale Solar PV Ground Mount Systems Ground Source Heat Pump Systems Mining Remediation Rock Anchoring and Soil NailingSite Investigations Specialist Drilling Mini Piling and Underpinning Foundations Concrete Drilling and Cutting Tunnelling Marine Works Quays and Jetties Retaining Walls WWW.WHEAL-JANE.CO.UK - 01872 560 200 01872 562000 OLD MINE OFFICES, WHEAL JANE, BALDHU, TRURO, CORNWALL, TR3 6EE 13. Wheal Jane Consultancy WWW.WHEAL-JANE.CO.UK - 01872 560 200 01872 562000 OLD MINE OFFICES, WHEAL JANE, BALDHU, TRURO, CORNWALL, TR3 6EE 14. In the same way as Carnon Contracting was formed to market the physical skills developed in the mines, Wheal Jane Consultancy was developed to utilise the historical information and archive material held by the mines and collected over more than a hundred years. This archive includes historical mine plans in many formats which together represent a unique archive of historical mining information covering Cornwall and Devon. The archive has been supplemented over the subsequent years, maintaining its unique nature. This resource has enabled the company to provide mining searches for the conveyancing industry in particular. The company has again expanded its range of services to meet the demands of the planning system and the needs of developers, and now includes a range of support services, including site investigations and surveys, land and water quality surveys, and geotechnical and geo-environmental investigations.WWW.WHEAL-JANE.CO.UK - 01872 560 200 01872 562000 OLD MINE OFFICES, WHEAL JANE, BALDHU, TRURO, CORNWALL, TR3 6EE 15. Consultancy ServicesMine Searches Site Investigations Footings Inspections Mundic AnalysisMineralogical Surveys and Watching Briefs Underground Work Land Quality Water Quality Geotechnical and Geo-Environmental Investigation Flood RiskWWW.WHEAL-JANE.CO.UK - 01872 560 200 01872 562000 OLD MINE OFFICES, WHEAL JANE, BALDHU, TRURO, CORNWALL, TR3 6EE 16. Wheal Jane LaboratoryWWW.WHEAL-JANE.CO.UK - 01872 560 200 01872 562000 OLD MINE OFFICES, WHEAL JANE, BALDHU, TRURO, CORNWALL, TR3 6EE 17. Wheal Jane laboratory began life as the processing plant laboratory for the mine. Following the management buyout, the laboratory was re-equipped in order to broaden its range of services, and has steadily grown to become a respected lab within the industry, serving local and international clients, and providing analysis for projects all over the world. The company has continually invested in equipment and the latest analytical techniques, and whilst now able to provide a range of services related to water, contaminated soils and minerals, 85% of the laboratorys work is once again mining and minerals related. The lab specialises in rapid turnaround and close cooperation with its clients. WWW.WHEAL-JANE.CO.UK - 01872 560 200 01872 562000 OLD MINE OFFICES, WHEAL JANE, BALDHU, TRURO, CORNWALL, TR3 6EE 18. Laboratory ServicesMining and Environmental Analysis Full Sample Preparation facilities Min Pro Analytical Process Control Analysis Fast Turnaround for all batch sizesLaboratory Consultancy and Audits Direct Client liaison Trade Services Concentrate Analysis Mining Mundic Wheal Jane Water Treatment Plant PBET for Arsenic WWW.WHEAL-JANE.CO.UK - 01872 560 200 01872 562000 OLD MINE OFFICES, WHEAL JANE, BALDHU, TRURO, CORNWALL, TR3 6EE 19. Analytical Methods Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (AAS)X Ray Flourescence (XRF) Spectro Fitonmeter Inductive Coupled Plasma (ICP)Spectrophotometer De Lang Xion 500 Wet ChemistryWWW.WHEAL-JANE.CO.UK - 01872 560 200 01872 562000 OLD MINE OFFICES, WHEAL JANE, BALDHU, TRURO, CORNWALL, TR3 6EE 20. South Crofty Collection Cornish Tin Jewellery and Gifts WWW.WHEAL-JANE.CO.UK - 01872 560 200 01872 562000 OLD MINE OFFICES, WHEAL JANE, BALDHU, TRURO, CORNWALL, TR3 6EE 21. The South Crofty Collection is a company formed in 1988 to produce items