A contentious land sculpture was brought to life today (30th May) as it joined growing opposition to a new opencast coal mine. To mark the start of a public inquiry into the controversial Highthorn coal mine at Druridge Bay, a group calling themselves “Northumberlandia Speaks” used the power of art to give voice to Northumberlandia, […]

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 […]

The application to mine coal at the Varteg in South Wales has been withdrawn by the coal company Glamorgan Power. Glamorgan power were seeking permission to extract 256,000 tonnes of coal 30 meters from houses and 120 meters away from Ysgol Bryn Onnen, primary school. The application was withdrawn by the company from planning before […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Objection Letters Needed
February 3, 2015

Hilltop Action Group are asking for Objection letters to the Application by Provectus. Provectus plan to excavate the area to a depth of 100ft over a 3-4 year period in order to extract around 200,000 tonnes of coal. They hope to sell it to Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station. We think it would keep the power station […]

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Please support communities opposing opencast in Scotland by participating in this online action: The Scottish Government are currently consulting on new regulation for what they hope will “regulate restoration effectively”. But whilst they consult, Hargreaves are being allowed to mine under even less regulation and oversight than before the collapse of Scottish Coal and ATH […]