Banners hung from High Level Bridge urging Newcastle Council to ‘end coal’ ahead of Dewley Hill vote

Climate campaigners hung banners over the River Tyne this morning urging council bosses to flip down a bid to mine coal in Newcastle’s inexperienced belt.

Two big indicators have been dropped from the High Level Bridge on Tuesday telling Newcastle City Council to “finish coal”, with a verdict due on controversial plans within the outer west of town later this week.

Banks Mining desires to create an opencast mine at Dewley Hill, close to Throckley, which might see 800,000 tonnes of coal and 400,000 tonnes of fireclay extracted from greater than 250 acres of inexperienced belt land.

The council’s planning committee will determine the controversial scheme’s destiny at a listening to on Friday morning, with native authority planners having beneficial that councillors refuse permission for the mission.

Planners’ report concluded that the floor mine can be “inappropriate” within the inexperienced belt and “can’t be thought of ‘environmentally acceptable'”.

More than 5,000 objection letters have been lodged in opposition to the Dewley Hill plans, plus a petition with 18,953 signatures.

Jos Forester-Melville, of the Defend Dewley Hill marketing campaign, stated: “Coal is a proud half of our historical past within the North East, however it isn’t our future.

“This is the one remaining utility for opencast mining within the UK, and if we are able to defeat it, then there’s each likelihood it is going to be the final.”

Banks has already suffered two blows for its coal mining operations within the North East this yr – shedding bids to broaden its Bradley mine in County Durham and arrange an opencast web site close to Druridge Bay in Northumberland.

Jeannie Raine, group relations supervisor at The Banks Group, stated: “There is at present no coal-free different for making uncooked metal at scale within the UK, with the use of hydrogen to make uncooked metal being a minimum of ten years away – certainly, the primary fossil-free metal pilot plant will not even be in operation till 2025 on the earliest, which is properly after mining operations at Dewley Hill may have completed.

“In the interim, UK trade will change into completely reliant on coal imports with out permission for brand spanking new short-term mines like Dewley Hill being granted.

“We would strongly urge Newcastle City Council’s planning committee to recognise the chance to help this £75m funding within the regional financial system and safe prime quality coal and fireclay on the lowest environmental value, as an alternative of additional growing the nation’s coal imports and offshoring our financial and environmental duties.”

In their report ahead of Friday morning’s assembly, council planners stated that the mine would have a “appreciable hostile impression to the character and look of the world, and reasonable hurt to biodiversity”.

However, planners stated the coal mining would “not have a cloth impression” on town’s ambition to attain internet zero carbon emissions by 2030 and that the potential noise and mud impacts felt by close by residents can be “at acceptable ranges”.



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