Next Wednesday (31st May) is the first day of a public inquiry which will decide whether 3 million tonnes of coal will be mined from near Druridge Bay in Northumberland. On the day that the inquiry begins there will be a rallies organised by Save Druridge and Friends of the Earth. The inquiry is being […]

At the Regulatory Planning Committee meeting on the 17th March 2017 members voted unanimously to accept the Planning Officers report and it’s recommendation to refuse Planning permission for the opencast coal mine at Hilltop, Derbyshire. There was also a vote on the Head of Planning’s recommendation for a full public inquiry for the appeal to […]

New opencast coal mines??
March 14, 2017

While the UK government is currently considering the submissions on its proposal to phase-out coal in electricity generation in 2025, coal mining companies are still trying to ravage the earth to squeeze out more coal within Britain. Current examples of this include: Hargreaves plan to start mining at Field House, County Durham. A new application […]

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An update from the Hilltop Action Group, who are fighting Provectus’ application to mine in Derbyshire very close to people’s homes. https://hilltopproject.com/2016/04/13/latest-news/ The April DCC Planning Committee Meeting has now passed and the Hilltop application was not dealt with. As the application should be dealt with within 16 weeks, the next meeting on Monday 9 May 2016 seems the […]

[Copied from a Hilltop Action Group email] Site Notices have now been put up on telegraph poles around the proposed site and letters sent to residents living nearest to the site boundary giving details of the consultation period. The notices state that representations should be submitted by 4 March 2016. However, we understand that all […]

Update on the Hilltop Application
January 27, 2016

You may have thought that, because everything had gone very quiet in the last few months, nothing more was going to be heard of Provectus and their opencast mining plans. I’m afraid you were wrong, Provectus Remediation Ltd have at last got around to submitting their revised application. Back in September it was announced that […]

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Representatives of fifty three groups from twenty three countries who are opposing coal mining and working for climate justice have signed an open letter against UK opencast coal mining. The letter, addressed to the Planning Inspectorate and Derbyshire County Council, asks for two opencast coal mine applications to be refused, as “English law enables applications […]

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE 28 September 2015 Voices from the Global South stand in solidarity with UK groups to oppose English opencast mines. Representatives of fifty three groups from twenty-three countries who are opposing coal mining and working for climate justice have signed an open letter against UK opencast coal mining. The letter, addressed to the […]

Another incompetent coal company
September 8, 2015

Planning application withdrawn… …but to be resubmitted straight away! Communities near Clay Cross in Derbyshire were expecting the planning hearing to decide on an opencast application incredibly close to hundreds of houses to be heard in the next couple of months. However, the coal company Provectus, have shown themselves to be incompetent. For background info […]

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Supporters of Hilltop Action Group today (29/7/15) met at Derbyshire County Council Offices in Matlock to present a petition to the Council. Norman Humprhys organised a team of volunteers at the end of 2014 to canvass all the houses within 1km of the proposed Hilltop Opencast site. They did a sterling job in often terrible […]