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On Wednesday (3/6/15) it was announced that UK Coal’s application to mine 520,561 tonnes of coal from a site called Bradley, was approved. The site is currently agricultural land in Leadgate, Durham. This is a highly contested site with really strong and well orchestrated opposition from local people. Why is this a bad decision? The […]

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The final week of the Bradley opencast saw a damning presentation from a local farmer, which disarmed the coal company. The ecologists view of the site was countered by excellent knowledge of local residents who know the site. The bitter disagreement about whether there are bell pits on the site continued and the transport expert […]

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NOTT Again
October 16, 2014

The second appeal for the application at Bradley, near Dipton, County Durham is well under way, with UK Coal Surface Mining Limited admitting that they have to sell the site and so will not be operating it. So far local residents and members of NOTT (No Opencast Today or Tomorrow) part of the Pont Valley […]

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Sheffield: Sunday 26th October, 16:00-18:00 Lecture Theatre 2, MAPP-LT02, University of Sheffield. https://www.facebook.com/events/679332315508308/ Durham: Monday 27th October, 19:00-21:00 Room ER145, Elvet Riverside 1, Durham University, DH1 3JT Newcastle: Tuesday 28th October Fine Art lecture hall, School of Arts and Cultures, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU, 7pm-9.30pm www.facebook.com/events/470611843081124/

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Success Against North East Mine
July 30, 2014

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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Objection letters needed
February 8, 2014

STOP the OPENCAST between PITTINGTON and WEST RAINTON Hargreaves Surface Mining Ltd have submitted an application to mine for 514,000 tonnes of coal and up to 83,000 tonnes of fireclay from Field House Farm, north of Low Pittington. The application (no. CMA/4/107) is due before the County Council’s Planning Committee early in 2014. (Probably March 4th)

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High Court Demo Against UK Coal
June 5, 2013

Social Justice and Environmental Campaigners demonstrated at the High Court of Justice, London. Today desperate Coal Company – UK Coal sought to over-rule the community, Durham Council and the Secretary of State’s Inspectors to be allowed to mine over half a million tonnes of coal from rural County Durham. Today was the first of two […]

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UK Coal wont let go
May 16, 2013

Struggling mining company UK Coal are desperate to opencast 556,000 tonnes of coal from Bradley, County Durham. They are taking their application to Judicial Review on 5th June at the London High Court. UK Coal seemed to be going into liquidation voluntarily (according to a report in the Financial Times). Local businesses in the North […]

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Victory against UK Coal!
February 26, 2012

The Pont Valley Network and Durham County Council have successfully prevented UK Coal mining half a million tonnes of Coal from Bradley when UK Coal appealed the decision made last year. The inspectors report was published on Thursday 23rd February which rejects the appeal, by UK Coal. Durham County Council unanimously rejected the application a […]

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On Tuesday 15th February, Durham County Council (DCC) will decide whether to give UK Coal planning permission to work the Bradley opencast site near Leadgate. The Case Officer recommendation is that Durham County Council should approve the Application. The Durham’s Development Control and Regulatory Board meeting starts at 2.30pm. The local campaign group No Opencast […]