The proposed dismantling of a crane by Tarmac, the new owners of the site,was condemned by the Labour Party, including Spring Vale Labour Councillor Alan Garner.
The start of open-cast mining on the former steelworks site by British Coal. The Richardson Brothers of Oldbury and Tarmac of Wolverhampton are mentioned.
Tarmac was facing a large bill to clear contamination and drainage problems on the redundant site. The photograph shows Labour Councillor and ex-steelworker Bert Turner looking over site.