Success Against North East Mine

Well done to all those who fought UK Coal in their application to extract more than 1 million tonnes of coal and 175,000 tonnes of fireclay from a site at Marley Hill which straddles both Gateshead and Co. Durham.
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Signatures needed

bebsideCan you help local residents resisting an application from UK Coal to extract coal from 159 Hectares of land near Bebside village?

Residents are collecting petition signatures to submit to Northumberland County council against the application. Please sign their petition on their excellent website
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Victory! Hoodsclose Application Withdrawn

CIMG0095UK Coal has withdrawn its application to ruin the Northumberland countryside surrounding the village of Whittonstall. The application was the first of four for the area and was due to be heard on the 17th June.

The local people have fought a strong battle against the company since 2010. CAN thinks it is likely that UK Coal were expecting to be refused their application as the campaign against them was so successful.

UK Coal Surface Mines Ltd are once again struggling financially, entering into administration both this year and last. They have recently announced the phased closures of their last remaining deep mines at Thoresby and Kellingley.

Well done to the people of Whittonstall.

Dearne Lea appliation re-submitted

In April of last year Wakefield Council rejected and application from Gordon Harrison to opencast 190,000 tonnes of coal from Dearne Lea. See here.

We have heard that they have re-applied to remove the same amount of coal and fireclay from the same place. The refusal wasn’t appealed, but the new application is very similar. Wakefield council have again objected because of the impact on local tourist attractions. Their letter is available on the Kirkless planning website.
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Victory at Deansfield

UK Coal’s application to mine 1.18 million tonnes of coal and up to 100,000 tonnes of fireclay, at Deanfield,  Wakefield was rejected last week. Well done to Stop Opencast in Sharlston (SOS) and all the local people who have resisted the mines. Their work included helping the council create a Health Impact Assessment procedure.
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