Last week campaigners closed down Bank’s Shotton opencast mine in Northumberland. For the full story see this article from the New Statesman.
“So these are the reasons why I’m breaking the law today, sitting in a hole in the ground in Northumberland, locked onto a coal mining machine as the rain falls gently around me. To issue a small protest against the unreason of opencast mining, and defend a patch of England from its blight. To demand Lord Ridley come clean about how coal fuels his climate sceptic views. And to call on the Government to get some guts, and end our outdated reliance on Old King Coal,” said Guy Shrubsole in relation to the protest.
The campaigners are pressuring Banks to withdraw its application to mine 3 million tonnes from Highthorn near the village of Widdrington and tourist spot, Druridge Bay. There is a strong local campaign against the application, which is currently asking members of the public to write letters of objection to the opencast proposal. For full information see the campaign website.
Objection letters can come from anyone, a sample letter is available to download and personalise here or you can write something totally original.
The address to send it to is: FAO Frances Wilkinson, Northumberland County Council Planning Department, County Hall, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 2EF
Objections can also be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org with 15/03410/CCMEIA – Letter of Objection in subject
Please remember to reference the planning application: Highthorn Opencast Planning Application, 15/03410/CCMEIA – Letter of Objection
The deadline is the 8th December 2015. Write yours today.