About the Proposed Highthorn Opendcast Mine at Druridge Bay
The Highthorn Surface Mine is a massive opencast mine which Banks Mining wants to develop between Widdrington Station/Widdrington and Druridge Bay.
The areas directly affected by the proposal are shown within the white line on the map (‘possible extraction area’ and ‘possible storage area’).
According to Banks Mining, the key facts regarding the Highthorn Surface Mine project are as follows:
- Planning was put in on the 12th October 2015
- Proposed start 2017
- Duration 7yrs
- End of Extraction 2024
- Amount of Coal – at least 3 million tonnes but possibly up to 7 million tonnes if extensions are requested
In order to proceed with the project, Banks Mining will require planning permission from Northumberland County Council. According to the company, timescales relating to the planning application are as follows:
2014/2015 Public Consultations etc
October 2015 Planning applied for to Northumberland CC
June 2016 Planning Committee meet to decide the application
The Banks Mining Approach to Public Consultations
Banks Mining says that it ‘believe[s] that communities should be able to influence the design of our mines’. However, saying NO to their mines is apparently not an option.
We believe that saying NO to Highthorn Surface Mine should be an option for the local community.
You can help us to stop opencast mining at Druridge Bay by SIGNING OUR PETITION TODAY on the Northumberland County Council website.