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Plans to extend opencast mine in Pont Valley
28th February 2019

Banks Group announced on Monday that they wish to extend the planning application at the Bradley opencast site, in County Durham. This announcement came on the same day that James Brokenshire was due to announce whether he would revoke the planning permission for this opencast mine. Local resident Liam Carr “We always feared this day […]

Dewley Hill: Banks plans to destroy it
31st January 2019

**Updated** Banks Group is looking to extract 800,000 tonnes of coal from Dewley Hill, on the outskirts of Newcastle. On 20th February Banks announced they planned to submit an application imminently to Newcastle City Council. The main information we have so far is from a preliminary planning notice was entered to Newcastle Council (this is […]

Campaigners say it is an opportunity to consign opencast coal extraction ‘to the history books’ Cross posted from Ecologist Magazine. By Isobel Tarr, Coal Action Network. The decision to allow the Bradley opencast coal site in Pont Valley, County Durham, which began operating in 2018, is to be reconsidered by James Brokenshire, the communities secretary. […]

Guilty of taking a stand
14th November 2018

Today Judge Harrison found eight people guilty of six accounts of obstruction of the public highway and two accounts of obstruction of a police officer. All were fined and told to pay a victim surcharge varying by income level, plus court costs of £400 each. In total, the eight have to pay a staggering £8,323. […]

Campaign to Protect Pont Valley has launched a private prosecution against Banks Group for destroying the breeding and resting places of protected Great Crested Newts at Brooms Pond, on the Bradley opencast near Dipton. Update: The first hearing is to be 12th December at Peterlee Magistrates Court. Great Crested Newts are a European Protected Species […]

We’ve been working with communities against opencast coal mines and UK power stations for a whole decade. To celebrate we’re looking at our achievements a year at a time. Want to help us celebrate? Donate to our legal fund against the last opencast company looking to open new coal extractions – Banks Mining https://chuffed.org/project/justice-pont-valley for […]

Coal Action Network is ten! (Part I 2018-2015)
23rd October 2018

We’ve been working with communities against opencast coal mines UK power stations for a whole decade. To celebrate we’re looking at our achievements a year at a time. Want to help us celebrate? Donate to our legal fund against the last opencast company looking to open new coal extractions – Banks Mining https://chuffed.org/project/justice-pont-valley for details […]

This week Banks Group went to the High Court to try and get a decision made by the Secretary of State for Communities, Housing and Local Government over-ruled on a new opencast extraction near to Druridge Bay in Northumberland. The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) says, “149. Permission should not be given for the extraction […]

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