Villagers celebrate victory after opencast mine plans quashed

The Northern Echo: VICTORY: Protestors outside County Hall earlier today before the announcement VICTORY: Protestors outside County Hall earlier today before the announcement

VILLAGERS are celebrating victory in their fight to prevent a proposed opencast coal mine on countryside on the outskirts of Durham.

Members of Durham County Council’s planning committee today (Tuesday June 17) overturned the recommendation of the authority’s officers and rejected the proposed scheme by 12 votes to one.

Hargreaves Surface Mining applied to remove 514,000 tonnes of coal and 83,000 tonnes of fireclay from more than 60 acres of the 140-acre Field House site, on farmland near Pittington, to the east of Durham city, over a 26-month period.

The scheme would have provided 42 full-time jobs and seasonal employment for a further 18 workers, but would have required 74 vehicle movements on or off-site per day.

Villagers from Pittington, Sherburn and nearby Rainton Gate objected to the proposal and about 30 protestors from the Stop the Opencast pressure group lobbied members of the planning committee attending today’s meeting at County Hall, Durham.

Committee member Paul Taylor described the planned opencast scheme as: “Wanton vandalism of a wonderful green area.”

Hargreaves is yet to reveal if it plans to appeal the decision or amend the proposal with a revised application.

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7:07pm Tue 17 Jun 14

pilchrat says...

Total bunch of NIMBYS. I love how Look North interviewed one couple who said they'd put their house on the market and a day later the plans for mining were announced. Vested interest much?

Also the irony of a) this being a former mining county b) the place being called "Pittington" ... and c) the objectors all being retired with nothing better to do says it all really.
Total bunch of NIMBYS. I love how Look North interviewed one couple who said they'd put their house on the market and a day later the plans for mining were announced. Vested interest much? Also the irony of a) this being a former mining county b) the place being called "Pittington" ... and c) the objectors all being retired with nothing better to do says it all really. pilchrat
  • Score: 12

7:11pm Tue 17 Jun 14

OldBiddyFrom Barney says...

pilchrat wrote:
Total bunch of NIMBYS. I love how Look North interviewed one couple who said they'd put their house on the market and a day later the plans for mining were announced. Vested interest much?

Also the irony of a) this being a former mining county b) the place being called "Pittington" ... and c) the objectors all being retired with nothing better to do says it all really.
Couldn't agree more!
[quote][p][bold]pilchrat[/bold] wrote: Total bunch of NIMBYS. I love how Look North interviewed one couple who said they'd put their house on the market and a day later the plans for mining were announced. Vested interest much? Also the irony of a) this being a former mining county b) the place being called "Pittington" ... and c) the objectors all being retired with nothing better to do says it all really.[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more! OldBiddyFrom Barney
  • Score: 8

8:53pm Tue 17 Jun 14

shirt of blue says...

pilchrat wrote:
Total bunch of NIMBYS. I love how Look North interviewed one couple who said they'd put their house on the market and a day later the plans for mining were announced. Vested interest much?

Also the irony of a) this being a former mining county b) the place being called "Pittington" ... and c) the objectors all being retired with nothing better to do says it all really.
What a fantastic comment. The irony indeed. Forty two full time jobs lost - but as long as the local Pittington NIMBYs are happy! They should be ashamed
[quote][p][bold]pilchrat[/bold] wrote: Total bunch of NIMBYS. I love how Look North interviewed one couple who said they'd put their house on the market and a day later the plans for mining were announced. Vested interest much? Also the irony of a) this being a former mining county b) the place being called "Pittington" ... and c) the objectors all being retired with nothing better to do says it all really.[/p][/quote]What a fantastic comment. The irony indeed. Forty two full time jobs lost - but as long as the local Pittington NIMBYs are happy! They should be ashamed shirt of blue
  • Score: 7

7:24am Wed 18 Jun 14

cupid stunt says...

who will foot the bill for the legal costs when the lose at the appeal. not the nimbys
who will foot the bill for the legal costs when the lose at the appeal. not the nimbys cupid stunt
  • Score: 6

7:46am Wed 18 Jun 14

ian16527 says...

This will go ahead, just in a few years time. Also, regarding the jobs, they are not created, just moved about from site to site, so lets not get stuck in the propaganda.

This happened where I live several years ago. The residents lost their allotments with £200 compensation for the sheds etc, and it turned out the council got £21,000.

15 years later no allotments were reinsated by the council. Also, the area now floods as the new drains are useless.
This will go ahead, just in a few years time. Also, regarding the jobs, they are not created, just moved about from site to site, so lets not get stuck in the propaganda. This happened where I live several years ago. The residents lost their allotments with £200 compensation for the sheds etc, and it turned out the council got £21,000. 15 years later no allotments were reinsated by the council. Also, the area now floods as the new drains are useless. ian16527
  • Score: 1

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