Update: Coal planning hearings
25th June 2020

We’ve had some good news and some news News The extension proposed by Banks Group to the existing mine in the Pont Valley will be heard by the first remote planning hearing by Durham County Council on Wednesday 1st July at 9.30am. It is the second item on the agenda of the council, you can […]

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 […]

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 […]

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