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 […]

Today Bank’s Group said that it “formally commenced mining operations at their new Bradley surface mine.” Suggesting that planning permission has been triggered. Local residents saw that Banks Group started working this morning in Brooms Pond which is a nature conservation value at County level, qualifying as Pond Biodiversity Action Plan. Campaigners have been racing […]

Saturday demos at the Pont Valley
11th May 2018

The Campaign to Protect Pont Valley is still going strong. Despite their best efforts Banks Group has not finished the preparation which triggers planning permission. Everything is still to play for. Please come to one of the up coming community demonstrations. On Saturday 5th May the community demonstration was also direct action as no work […]

Aidez à protéger Pont Valley! (In French)
28th April 2018

La vallée anglaise est menacée par l’ouverture prochaine d’une mine de charbon à ciel ouvert, nocive pour le climat et mettant en danger une espèce protégée de triton. Mais tout n’est pas perdu: si la route d’accès qui doit être construite jusqu’au 3 juin n’est pas terminée à cette date, la permission d’ouvrir la mine […]

Join the Pont Valley Protection Camp!
4th March 2018

UPDATE: The camp has moved again, details to follow. Do you want to help us to protect a beautiful valley, heritage mine workings, support a local community and stop fossil fuel extraction? On Friday 2nd March the Pont Valley Protection Camp was set up almost opposite Brooms church, on the A692 near the junction with […]

Earlier this week (13/02/18) 25 residents from County Durham, Pont Valley Network, Derwent Valley Protection Society, and the Burnopfield Environmental Awareness Movement and Coal Action Network appealed to Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, in a letter [Download letter]  urging him to use his powers under the Town and Country Planning […]

Two new opencast coal mines in northern England could begin work this spring, unless the government decides to intervene, despite recent affirmations that the UK will end coal use for electricity by 2025. This year, following the UK governments joint launch of the ‘Powering Past Coal Alliance’, the mining company Banks Group announced their intention […]

LOCATION: The event will be taking place in the Dipton Scout and Guide Group on 12 Front Street Dipton, and nearby public land. Nearest bus stop, Red Lion, Dipton. Shut Your Coal Hole warmly invites you to join us in beautiful rural County Durham for a few days of skill sharing and workshops about outdoor […]

Bradley opencast – the story so far
31st January 2018

Banks Group intend to opencast coal mine at Bradley this spring Banks Group plan to start a new 550,000 tonnes coal mine at Bradley in the Pont Valley, County Durham. The site is home to red kites, badgers, bats, great crested newts, common blue butterfly, barn owls as well as less obvious but equally vital […]