Newcastle City Council are expected to decide whether to protect the area at Dewley Hill to the West of the city, or if Banks Group is allowed to opencast it instead before the end of the year. The hearing will either be the 20th November or the 18th December.
If you live in Newcastle please sign this open letter to Councillors against the application to extract 800,000 tonnes of thermal coal and 400,000 tonnes of fireclay. It is only for local people based in Newcastle. (The site lies next to the county boundary with Northumberland, but Northumberland County Council are allowing Newcastle to decide the fate of the area.)