Join the Pont Valley Protection Camp!
4th March 2018

Do you want to help us to protect a beautiful valley, ancient 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 the A693. You can see our banners from the […]


Today I got to visit for the first time the beautiful place, called Bradley by Banks mining company,  that lies to the south west edge of the village of Dipton. Snow fell, feet frozen, we got down on our knees to meet some of the rare plants that make up part of this diverse habitat. […]

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 […]

This lunch time Santa and his helpers visited the offices of Banks Group in Meadowfield, Durham. Santa left ‘coal’ for Chairmen Harry Banks, as his company are considering mining 520,000 tonnes of coal from Bradley, near Dipton, County Durham [1]. Lisa Wilson, one of Santa’s helpers said “Opencast coal mines destroy local ecosystems and contribute […]