Save Druridge Bay: decision day rally

5 July, 2016 - 1:00 AM to 3:00 PM BST
Northumberland County Council, County Hall, Morpeth, NE61 2EF
Event type:
Protest, Vigil or Solidarity activity
1 person is going

Beautiful Druridge Bay is threatened by a huge opencast coal mine - come to show you want to save it at this rally on the day the council make their decision.


Druridge Bay is a beautiful and ecologically valuable stretch of the Northumbrian coast. But it is threatened by an application to open the largest new opencast coal mine in England. Between 2016 and 2027, Banks Mining plans to extract at least 3 million tonnes of coal from a new opencast mine, called Highthorn, between Widdrington Village and Druridge Bay. The opencast will be operational for at least 7 years with possible extensions not out of the question. The mine will cause massive environmental destruction right next to one of Northumberland’s most beautiful and loved beaches and impact on both wildlife and the local tourist industry on which many locals rely.

The Northumberland County Council Strategic Planning Committee meets on July 5 to make a decision on the application.

The Save Druridge Bay Campaign is calling for people opposed to the opencast coal application to participate in a rally outside the Council offices in Morpeth, Northumberland on the day the Planning Committee makes its decision. This will be a peaceful demonstration by predominantly local people to express their opposition to the opencast mine. There have already been thousands of letters of opposition lodged with the Council.

There will be a coach travelling to the rally from Newcastle, book your ticket here