******Deadline for objections has been extended by 2 weeks to Tuesday 7 May after the Council’s Planning portal crashed 2 weeks in a row. We need to grab the opportunity to show Banks that Newcastle says no to the senseless destruction of opencast coal mines. Object here *********
Plans to extract 800,000 tonnes of coal and 400,000 tonnes of fireclay from fields between Throckley, Walbottle, Chapel Park and Heddon on the Wall have been submitted to Newcastle City Council. On the doorstep of the biggest city in the North East of England, we are going to see an environmental catastrophe.
How will this mine affect locals?
- Destruction to greenbelt and local wildlife
- 73 lorries a day causing disruption to our already congested roads
- Blasting from 10.00am to 4.00pm causing noise, dust and disruption on our doorstep and site maintenance from 7.00am to 10.00pm
- Mining activities could affect air quality, running contrary to Newcastle City Council’s Clean Air strategy and planned bridge tolls
- Possible increase in respiratory and cardiovascular problems, with studies shown to affect children living near opencast mines
- Potential for the timescale to be extended from the initail 3.5 years as ic currently proposed for Newcastle
- At a time when the Government plan to phase out coal by 2025, the impact of Banks’ opencast at Dewley Hill could be catastrophic in terms of climate change
Take the next step contact Newcastle City Council before Tuesday 7 May and say no to an Opencast mine in Newcastle, Register with the the council’s website and add your comments saying why you object. Click here to access the council’s comments page
or write to Development Management, Civic Centre, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8QH
If you would like to be involved in the campaign contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The proposed site for the opencast mine on the edge of Throckley and the city of Newcastle.