Object to Banks proposed expansion of the Bradley opencast
2nd December 2019
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Banks Group want to expand the Bradley Opencast coal mine in the Pont Valley. Campaign to Protect Pont Valley have launched a new campaign to oppose this planning application and they need your support.

Inspired by Defend Dewley Hill, which this summer garnered over 4,000 objections to Banks Group’s proposal to opencast near Newcastle, we want to raise ‘a mountain’ of objections to the scheme.

I am opposed to this extension of the Bradley opencast in the Pont Valley because…….

Can you email Durham County Council to tell them in your own words why you are opposed to this opencast extension?

Some of the reasons people object to it:
– Noise, dust and blasting near to homes
– This coal is not needed.
-Destruction of further habitats
-We need to stop burning fossil fuels now

Read on below to find out more about these.

Choose one or two. Find a way to say it in your own words. It doesn’t need to be long, or super knowledgeable. It needs to show you care. It can also be long if you have an eye for detail and some time.

Email your objection to planning@durham.gov.uk and copy in protectpontvalley@gmail.com

Make sure to include these two reference numbers DM/19/03567/MIN and DM/19/03569/VOCMW and your postcode.

I am opposed to this extension of the Bradley opencast in the Pont Valley because…….

Local Impacts
• Homes close to the site will be affected – there are homes 150 metres from the site, even closer than High Stables where people already experience daily noise, regular blasting and dust falling in their gardens, which they are breathing in. It will be only 80 meters from the local pub, the Jolly Drovers.

• There is a cumulative impact with the original mine and surrounding deforestation, an extension would add to this – local authorities are meant to protect people from the cumulative impact of ‘development’. Local residents complaints about the existing opencast ignored. Banks claim they offer ‘development with care’ but we feel we have been treated with nothing but contempt.

• Five more months of coal dust and blasting. Banks say that the expansion can be done within the original time frame and restoration completed in 12 months by August 2021. They are keeping quiet about coal extraction needing to go on for a further 5 months, to Jan 2021 instead of finishing in August 2020.

• There are protected species on the land they want to dig up – birds, butterflies, badgers and rare fungus. This habitat has already been severely damaged by the existing mine and an expansion will put increased stress on the diverse species that remain in the area. It permanently affects the migration and nesting sites of birds; swallows, cuckoos, skylarks and curlew which may never return.

• The new application doesn’t support any additional jobs. Banks say it supports jobs, but workers could move to their wind projects.

Global/National Reasons to object

• We don’t need more coal. Banks claim they are saving carbon emissions in transport because the coal is ‘local’, but they are adding to the UK’s huge surplus of coal, which is being increasingly exported abroad and contributes to climate change wherever it is burned.

• The tide has turned against coal. There have been no new opencast approved through the planning system since January 2016.

• Durham County Council has declared a Climate Emergency. The UK is meant to be carbon neutral by 2050.

• Banks coal is going to power stations where there is already a substantial surplus. They claim their coal is essential for steel manufacturing but have provided no evidence that that is where it’s going. Furthermore, the steel industry already has established suppliers of coal and is not expanding.

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  1. We don’t need more coal. Banks claim they are saving carbon emissions in transport because the coal is ‘local’, but they are adding to the UK’s huge surplus of coal, which is being increasingly exported abroad and contributes to climate change wherever it is burned.

    The tide has turned against coal. There have been no new opencast approved through the planning system since January 2016.

    Durham County Council has declared a Climate Emergency. The UK is meant to be carbon neutral by 2050.

    Banks coal is going to power stations where there is already a substantial surplus. They claim their coal is essential for steel manufacturing but have provided no evidence that that is where it’s going. Furthermore, the steel industry already has established suppliers of coal and is not expanding.

  2. How any of the Banks Managers sleep at night I don’t know. The lies they tell begs belief – do they not know what the Government has stipulated about coal getting banned for use? Are they blind to what is happening with our climate? How dare they!

  3. We don’t need any more coal exctracted. Especially not by this method which is so environmantally distructive.

  4. We need to stop burning fossil fuels now.

  5. It is totally insane & inadmissible to continue with fossil fuel exploration given the sick state of the planet. Our children & grandchildren will have to face terrible hardship &, possible death. We are robbing them of their future. Pure greed.

  6. DDC and UK Parliment had declared climate emergency recognising the urgency of the climate change and it’s impact on human and natural life worldwide. In order to prevent catastrophic climate change we need to stop burning any fossil fuels, especially coal, therefore allowing more coal to be extracted is contrary to our interests as humans, as nature and is preventing us delivering on a promise of net zero carbon by 2050. Leave all coal in the ground and invest in renewable energy sources.Also expanding the mine will damage local natural environment, spoil the landscape and pollute local area. Any benefits it promises to deliver (in terms of jobs etc.) are unlikely to come true and even if they do, they are largely out waged by the damage more coal extraction will do to environment and health.

  7. I am opposed to the expansion of the Banks open cast coal mine because we are in the midst of a climate emergency and therefore we cannot afford to dig up, let alone burn, any more fossil fuels. The distressing wildfires in the Amazon and across Australia, alongside floods in Indonesia, storms across the world and rampant biodiversity. These are all indicators that climate chaos is happening now. We need to end any more expansion and prioritise biodiversity conservation and regeneration, empowering local people and wildlife over profit.

  8. Coal mining needs to stop now. We are in a climate emergency. Fossil fuels must be left in the ground. Open cast coal mining is also very destructive to local habitats and creates noise and air pollution for people nearby. Do not mine coal at Bradley Pit

  9. If we are to meet the carbon reduction targets that have been promised then we need to leave coal in the ground and focus on renewable and less damaging orms of energy.

  10. As we face a climate and ecological emergency it is vital we say no to continued use of fossil fuels and the huge damage done to our environment by coal mining.

  11. I am opposed to this extension of the Bradley opencast in the Pont Valley because we need to stop burning fossil fuels now.

  12. I am strongly against Banks proposed expansion of the Bradley opencast because we must stop mining of all coal due to it’s impact on global warming. New mines are particuarly objectionable as they set a princlple that it’s somehow OK. Our targets for CO2 reduction are extremly tight so any new extraction is wrong.

  13. Time to leave coal in the ground and protect the world for future generations.

  14. A dreadful idea. It will endanger wildlife in the area.

  15. I thought we were “taking back control”, though not in order to hand it to someone else?

  16. Coal must stay in the ground if our children are to have any kind of a future.

  17. We must stop this from happening now send out the right message to the world LEAVE COAL IN THE GROUND!!! Invest in Green Energy ,wind,solar,tidal come on!

  18. I object to the proposed extension of the Bradley opencast mine in the Pont Valley. Durham County Council has declared a climate emergency. There is no need for more coal, as the burning of coal emits high levels of CO2 increasing global heating leading to climate catastrophe. This is true wherever the coal is burnt.

  19. I object as we need to keep fossil fuels in the ground and the impact on local people and wildlife is avoidable but deadly. We have a climate emergency so when are we going to listen and learn?

  20. Hello there. There’s a recently formed Climate Action Group in Bishop Auckland, Co Durham, and we feel this is something we should be speaking up about, especially as our county council has declared a climate emergency. Obviously we can send individual emails, but do you think it would be worth us also writing on paper as a group? If so, is there a particular person we should address/send letters to? Do let us know if there are other ways we can stand with you in your campaign, and we’ll put the word out.

  21. We need to be doing a we can to reduce CO2 emissions and by expanding it is your own future that you’re putting at risk not just ours! What good is money if you don’t have a world to spend it in!

  22. We are facing a climate emergency caused by carbon emissions and the burning of coal needs to stop.

  23. Coal has no place in the National targets to be carbon-zero by 2050. We won’t do it but we want at least to up our chances.

  24. I donor live in the area but as climate change knows no boundaries and burning coal is one of the cause then I feel I am justified in saying keep it in the ground. We need to stop all coal mining not expand.

  25. Awesome post! Keep up the great work! 🙂

  26. I am opposed to hhear proposed extension to the Bradley Opencast site for the following reasons:

    1 We havw a climate crisis on our hands. The last thing we should be doing is openin up new fossil fuel sources
    2 The sooner Lythe Opencast site is finished with, the sooner the area can for replanted with carbon absorbing trees
    3 The local area and it’s economy can, if structured in the right way, benefit hugely from an improved environment and the creation of a local green economy.
    James Thomas

  27. I am totally opposed to the extension of this coal mine. The coal is not needed and it will make a nonsense of our stand for preserving the environment – visually and the policy on pollution.

  28. Reasons to object

    Coal is the fossil fuel that contributes the most to the climate emergency.
    The tide has turned against coal. A UN report last week said the world must stop building coal-fired power stations by 2020, i.e. in a few weeks!
    Durham County Council has declared a Climate Emergency
    People near the mine already experience daily noise, regular blasting and breathe in harmful dust. The expansion will bring the site nearer to people’s homes and make this worse.
    There are protected species on the land they want to dig up; birds, butterflies, badgers and rare fungus, already under stress from the existing mine.
    Opencast coal permenantly affects the migration and nesting sites of birds; swallows, cuckoos, skylarks and curlew which may never return. This is extinction on a local level.
    The new application doesn’t support any new jobs. Coal is no longer secure work. Banks could retrain their workers to work on

  29. We have a climate change emergency and need to comply with the Paris climate change accord. This can only mean one thing we stop mining coal.
    I am referring to DM/19/03567/MIN and DM/19/03569/VOCMW

  30. The extension of the coal mining site by the Banks Group who want to expand the Bradley Opencast coal mine in the Pont Valley should not go ahead since it will have serious consequences for wild life by deforestation and removing nest sites and niches for wildlife including birds,(especially curlews, skylarks, cuckoos and swallows) and also removing habitat for badgers,,butterflys and rare fungi.
    Pollution of the environment with coal dust will be a hazard to people living close to the proposed extension of the Bradley opencast coal mine and endanger the health and life of local residents and beyond
    Coal is not needed as there is a surplus in the UK and Durham County Council has declared a climate emergency

  31. A Climate Emergency has been declared by Durham County Council and the UK is meant to be carbon neutral by 2050. We need to stop burning coal, the fossil fuel which contributes most to the climate emergency. It is also vitally important to stop the destruction of habitats of protected species

    Banks claim they are saving carbon emissions in transport because the coal is ‘local’. However, they are adding to the UK’s huge surplus of coal, which is being increasingly exported abroad and contributes to climate change wherever it is burned.

  32. We are in a climate crisis and to be planing burning more highly polluting coal does not make sense except for those who will profit financially. Investing in sustainable energy must now be the future.

  33. Please do not allow this mine to expand to the detriment of wildlife, the environment and the health of local people.
    We can survive by means of green energy; we don’t need dirty energy from coal.

  34. Stop destroying All the Beautiful things on this Planet.there will be nothing left at this rate.All for Pure Greed.

  35. We have so little time to cut the world’s carbon emissions. This will not help. Please do not expand this site but stop all mining.

  36. I am very opposed by County Durham opening / extending the Bradley Cole mine.
    You have announced a climate emergency and coal burning even efficiently causes gasses that add to climate warming.
    Please reconsider this proposal and include the other serious adverse consequences to the local natural environment.
    Thank you

  37. I am opposed to this extension of the Bradley opencast in the Pont Valley because the government has crap’ed on the northeast to many times in the past,
    Mining was big in Co,Durham,
    But the Tory’s said that coal wasn’t needed anymore,
    So they put good working man on the dole,
    Destroyed communities and villages,
    After they put them on the dole they called these one’s hard working man benefit scrounges,
    I was a miner and this area does need jobs,
    But I’ll be dammed if I will go along with the evil that is privatized coal,
    Open cast mine’s are worse than deep mine’s because they rip the life out off the land,
    And now they say they need the coal,
    Well if they didn’t need the coal then,
    Then they don’t need the coal now,

    DM/19/03567/MIN and DM/19/03569/VOCMW and your SR77QE

  38. Mr William & Janet Linning G69 6HA

    I am opposed to this extension of the Bradley opencast in the Pont Valley becauseWe don’t need more coal. Banks claim they are saving carbon emissions in transport because the coal is ‘local’, but they are adding to the UK’s huge surplus of coal, which is being increasingly exported abroad and contributes to climate change wherever it is burned.
    DM/19/03567/MIN and DM/19/03569/VOCMW

  39. Expanding this mine is a move in the wrong direction. We need to go green not black. Please do not support this proposal after declaring a climate emergency. It cannot be justified.

  40. climate change is more important than fossil fuel, lets get clean air for a change

  41. Rosemary Graham-Gardner

    • Homes close to the site will be affected – there are homes 150 metres from the site, even closer than High Stables where people already experience daily noise, regular blasting and dust falling in their gardens, which they are breathing in. It will be only 80 meters from the local pub, the Jolly Drovers.

    • There is a cumulative impact with the original mine and surrounding deforestation, an extension would add to this – local authorities are meant to protect people from the cumulative impact of ‘development’. Local residents complaints about the existing opencast ignored. Banks claim they offer ‘development with care’ but we feel we have been treated with nothing but contempt.

    • Five more months of coal dust and blasting. Banks say that the expansion can be done within the original time frame and restoration completed in 12 months by August 2021. They are keeping quiet about coal extraction needing to go on for a further 5 months, to Jan 2021 instead of finishing in August 2020.

    • There are protected species on the land they want to dig up – birds, butterflies, badgers and rare fungus. This habitat has already been severely damaged by the existing mine and an expansion will put increased stress on the diverse species that remain in the area. It permanently affects the migration and nesting sites of birds; swallows, cuckoos, skylarks and curlew which may never return.

    • The new application doesn’t support any additional jobs. Banks say it supports jobs, but workers could move to their wind projects.

  42. Why would you need to put our planet in more danger of dying than it is already? So you can get richer?
    Why should we endanger the residents of this county to be affected by this pollution, babies, children, adults and the elderly.
    Would you be happy if you lived in this county and this was happening, think before you act….

  43. There is absolutely no need for. Coal unless it is for steam railways.
    Please do not agree to Banks Expansion in County Durham

  44. Surely Durham CC realises that coal is yesterday’s fuel? The dangers to health and the environment are so wellknown, which must be why the DCC declared a climate emergency. Perhaps the left hand doesn’t know what the other left hand is doing? I am thoroughly opposed to this planned extension.

  45. No new coal. No new oil. Keep fossil fuels below the soil.

  46. I grew up in a coal-mining community in the Rhondda Valley in South Wales. We were dependent on coal fro cooking, warmth and wages. But the toll it took on our community can never be underestimated. Lives were lost both underground and above ground with miners falling sick with silicosis and families left with nothing after burying the bread-winner.
    But… the world has changed and we must now understand that coal is not the answer. burning coal is polluting; transporting it is polluting.
    No more coal mines. Instead governments should seek a way to help people in mining communities find new ways of earning an income but please, don’t let the communities die from lack of investment and care.

  47. Is it possible/useful to object if not resident in County Durham?

    1. Yes, by all means. The climate change impacts are felt by us all and we can all want the best for the nearby community and the wildlife living there.