“Coal is our Heritage, not our Future”
10th June 2019

Last week people from three different campaigns against opencast coal joined together to hand in a 113,000+ signature petition to James Brokenshire, Secretary of State for Housing Communities and Local Government, urging him to revoke permission for Druridge Bay and stop work at ‘Bradley’ in the Pont Valley.

His decision on both mines is expected this week.

June Davison from Campaign to Protect Pont Valley, brought a Judicial Review of James Brokenshire’s decision last year to let the Bradley mine go ahead.

She says: ‘We’ve been fighting for 40 years and it’s a disgrace that we’ve been waiting this longĀ  for a decision. The decision should be in line with his own government’s policy and it should recognise all the evidence we have now about climate catastrophe

Every day that we wait there is a Komatsu P3000 digging up 25 tonnes of coal, the dirtiest fossil fuel with every scoop…. That’s being put into stockpiles or being sold abroad.’

This comes as the UK went 2 weeks without coal, and it was discovered that coal being dug up and imported is sitting in power station stockpiles, and will not be burned according to UK government energy projections.

Outside James Brokenshire’s office we were joined by a brass band and a clogg dancer from the Pont Valley! Thanks to Campaign to Protect Pont valley, Save Druridge and Defend Dewley Hill for taking part in this colourful show of local resistance. Thank you to 38 degrees for the video!

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  1. I wold like A link to sine petishon pleas

  2. Oh, well done, all of you! All your hard work paying off. You made a noise!

  3. Coal should be stopped ASAP

  4. christopher clouston

    While agree that opencast mines should not exist, deep mined coal is still needed for ever, the users of this coal are from the heritage community steam railways, traction engine owners and coal fired at heritage sites such Blist Hill, Beamish and stately homes, steam ships and the list goes on or are we going to condemn these to history., I also like to sit in a pub on a cold winters evening with a nice fire roaring away.

  5. You are all doing a Brilliant job keep the pressure up we are behind you. Loved the video.

  6. Hope ur successful

  7. Expecting a decision that respects peoples wishes and the environment from this bunch of retards is wishful thinking.

    1. They’ll take note if they want us to re-elect them – long live people power!

  8. Penelope Tweeddale

    Well done everyone, keep up the fantastic and important work which you do. Thank you.

  9. Although I’m 85, and cannot be as active as I’d like to be I support your campaign with all my heart.
    Three of my uncles were deep miners in the Rhondda Valley in South Wales and died of silicosis.
    Slowly suffocated to death over several years, no after work showers were provided for them until British Coal took over whilst the mine owners lived in a huge house in Cardiff. Your slogan is completely apt – coal is our heritage not our future – we must now create clean energy and save our incredibly beautiful countryside.

  10. Fossil fuels belong in the ground.. the future is with renewables. Do you want the Tory government to be part of the problem or solution? The promise of carbon neutral by 2050 is too little too late. Your constituents know this and will punish you further at the next election.

  11. Brilliant

  12. This is madness, a willfull vandalism of the countyside, and utimately the whole Earth. This illogical and counter official government policy outlook is incomprehensible, and no-one should be allowed to continue with their selfish profit making, at everyones expense.

  13. Whilst I support your cause please get your facts correct. You did NOT have a Brass Band, it had saxophones but Brass Bands don”t! Te word is clog and not clogged.

  14. VERY WELL done it is about time that the ‘common’ man and ladies had a say about what goes on in their community.

  15. Malcolm John parkinson

    Good luck.keep at make the bastards wriggle .