Save Dewley Hill from Open-Cast Mining
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Not content with attempts to destroy Druridge Bay to mine millions of tons of coal in Northumberland, Banks Mining Group now want to desecrate Newcastle’s green belt for a huge surface mine.
Banks want to mine 800,000 tons of coal and fireclay at Dewley Hill, in Throckley (16/00117/SCO), destroying mature trees, grassland, wetland and hedgerows and public rights of way.
Stripping the land for this dirty fuel will decimate wildlife habitats and increase the risk of flooding and chemical contamination in ground water.
Noise and dust from operations and HGVs will have a negative impact on local residents and amenities.
The site is adjacent to Hallow Hill Site of Special Scientific Interest, which supports several species of butterfly.
Over 250 acres of green open space could be lost, at a time when Britain is heading for a coal free economy in an attempt to tackle climate change.
Banks’ latest plans for environmental destruction are simply not acceptable.
Don’t let dirty coal cast a shadow on Newcastle’s green lungs. Please sign the petition to say no to fossil fuels and keep our green belt green.
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