“Unprecedented Numbers of Representations” on Cumbrian Coal Mine Plan!!!

Cumbria County Council have received “Unprecedented Numbers of Representations..” This plan for the first deep coal mine in the UK in decades under the Irish Sea is NOT A DONE DEAL. A BIG Well Done to Everyone who has written in Opposition.

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STOP PRESS….

A message from Cumbria County Council …

“West Cumbria Mining Planning Application.

Due to unprecedented numbers of representations being received on this application, including some received after the Consultation deadline and some that have contained new evidence, the Council has decided to postpone taking this application to the Development Control and Regulation Committee for a decision on 8th July in order to properly consider all representations and documentation received. The Council will now look to provide an alternative date. Please check our website on www.cumbria.gov.uk for further information”

Well Done to Everyone who has written into Cumbria County Council opposing this plan – It is NOT A DONE DEAL !!

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WWF ASKS FOR ‘CALL IN’ – GREAT NEWS!

#WWF ask Secretary of State to ‘call in’ decision due to be made by Cumbrian Councillors. Great News! No mention by WWF of the close proximity to #Sellafield tho.

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Sellafield from St Bees Sellafield – spitting distance from the coal mine off St Bees  Head  (where the sheep are) 

The World Wide Fund for Nature has asked for a “call in” of the planning decision due to be taken by Cumbria County Council.

This is Great News!

We shall also continue our  lobbying of the Secretary of State to intervene and stop  the plan for the first deep coal mine in the UK in decades.

The full “call in” letter from WWF can be read below.  It is very good but there is no reference at all to the close proximity of Sellafield, a burning but neglected issue which we at Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole will continue to flag up.

Rt Hon. Robert Jenrick MP
Secretary of State
Department for Communities and Local Government 2 Marsham Street
London
SW1P 4DF

Dear Secretary of State,

19th June, 2020

APPLICATION REFERENCE NUMBER 4/17/9007…

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STOP THE COAL MINE IN CUMBRIA -PETITION

Nearly 4000 people have signed including Chris Packham and Julia Bradbury – Please keep signing and sharing and writing to Stop the Coal Mine in Cumbria – most folk do not realise how close this is to Sellafield and what the radiological implications are. Coal Mining and Nuclear Waste – what a vicious combination!!!

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PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION –  LETS SEND CUMBRIA COUNTY COUNCIL THE MESSAGE 

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Nearly 4000 people, including Chris Packham have signed the petition to Stop the Coal Mine in Cumbria – Please keep sharing and signing.  As well as signing the petition – People can STILL WRITE individual letters to Cumbria County Councillors who will be making the decision on this to let them know STOP THE COAL MINE!

The main points to make are that this mine would fly in the face of the Council’s own climate commitments and its own stated commitments to protect the health, safety (this is 8km from Sellafield) and well being of all Cumbrians. Send an email to development.control@cumbria.gov.uk –or if you have time to all the Development Control and Regulation Committee members  quoting the application reference number 4/17/9007 and including your name and address.

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Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole say: Turn Down Dangerous Coal Mine Plan, For Cumbria and For the Planet

Yesterday was the last ‘official’ date to send in objections to the new ‘amended’ Coal Mine plan near Sellafield. You can still send in letters of objection up to the Planning Meeting which is scheduled for the 8th July (if this goes by previous form the meeting will be rescheduled again and again). Please do send in letters to members of the planning committee. (They have voted yes to this diabolic plan twice before).

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Yesterday was the last ‘official’ date to send in objections to the new ‘amended’ planning application.  You can still send in letters of objection up to the Planning Meeting which is scheduled for the 8th July (if this goes by previous form the meeting will be rescheduled again and again).  Please do send in letters to members of the planning committee. (They have voted yes to this diabolic plan twice before).

This the Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole objection …

                                          15th June 2020

West Cumbria Mining: Planning Application Ref 4/17/9007: 

Woodhouse Colliery, High Road, Whitehaven

Dear Development Control and Regulation Committee,

I write on behalf of Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole, a campaign by Radiation Free Lakeland to ask that the County Council do…

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Two Letters – Burning Questions

Write and tell Cumbria County Council to Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole – Dangerous on MANY levels not least because it is so near to the worlds riskiest nuclear waste site and coal mining is known to induce siesmicity – the Council have a duty to protect the public from developments which add cumulative and intolerable risks to the public.

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This letter was sent to the local and national press on 27th May – unpublished.  Can’t help thinking that the close proximity of this mine to Sellafield is a big taboo.

Dear Editor

The green light that Cumbria County Council unanimously gave for the first deep coal mine in 30 years has now turned back to amber. We now have a new opportunity to stop this outrageous plan in its tracks.  The developers West Cumbria Mining have submitted a revised planning application for their coking coal mine.  This revised plan seeks to answer the legal challenges which were to be brought by me in a Judicial Review, with the support of the group Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole and with the help of top lawyers, Leigh Day.

The developers are aiming it seems to sidestep our challenges regarding climate impacts and the ‘need’ for the “by-product” of “middlings coal”  This lower quality…

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Briefing Paper : RADIOLOGICAL IMPLICATIONS of POTENTIAL SEABED SUBSIDENCE SEISMICITY & “FAULT RE-ACTIVATION” beneath The CUMBRIAN MUD PATCH: INDUCED BY “MASS REMOVAL”, RAPID EXTRACTION & VOID SPACE CREATION

Briefing paper sent today to councillors – this comprehensive report by Tim Deere-Jones is testament to why we are so vehemently opposed to a new deep coal mine so very close to Sellafield. Approving this plan would run counter to the Council’s own Local Plan which has to take heed of the impacts including the cumulative impacts of hazardous installations….and it doesn’t get more hazardous than this!

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A Briefing Paper on radiological implications of West Cumbria Mining’s plan has been sent to councillors ahead of their coming decision on whether to allow the plan for the first deep coal mine in 30 years to continue.

The author of the paper, Tim Deere-Jones is an Independent & non-aligned Marine Pollution Researcher & Consultant whose clients include: WWF, The UK Wildlife Trusts, European Climate Foundation, Greenpeace International, European Coastal Local Authorities and many others.

This comprehensive report concludes that the plan by West Cumbria Mining should be abandoned.  The introduction and Major Conclusions are reproduced below…..

Introduction:                                                                                                         …

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INTERNATIONALLY CELEBRATED ARTIST JULIAN COOPER JOINS ‘POSTCARDS FROM CUMBRIA’

“Towards the Sea, Scafell’ by Julian Cooper – Guest Artist with the online exhibition ‘Postcards from Cumbria’

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We are delighted that Julian Cooper has agreed to be our guest artist. The painting he has chosen to be included in the online exhibition is the monumental “Towards the Sea, Scafell.” Looking from the heights of Scafell down onto Wastwater. Britains Favourite View is juxtaposed with Sellafield in the distance sprawling alongside the Irish Sea and the area under threat of new coal mining.

Towards the Sea, Scafell by Julian Cooper

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Useful Bullet Points for Letter Writing

Please Write, Write Write before June 15th to stop the planned COAL MINE under the Irish Sea – near Sellafield.

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XR South Lakes have compiled a really useful list.  Please do use these (and other points) for writing your own letters.  You don’t need to include everything.  The main points to make are that this mine would fly in the face of the  Council’s own climate commitments and its own stated commitments to protect the health and well being of all Cumbrians.

Many Thanks to XR SOUTH LAKES 

for this…

URGENT ACTION!

STOP THE PLANNED CUMBRIAN COAL MINE!

Please get writing now! We have another chance to stop this insane mine, but you have to act before 15th June 2020 (see below). Although Cumbria County Council (CCC) unanimously granted planning permission on 31/10/19, excellent work by campaign group ‘Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole‘ (KCCH) led to the decision being threatened with a judicial review. West Cumbria Mining have been forced to change their planning application, and once…

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Letter of Objection from Local Resident – Please Write, Write Write and Say NO! to the First Deep Coal Mine in Decades

Excellent Letter from Martin who Lives Close to Proposed #Coal Mine. #KeepCumbrianCoalintheHole. Please send in letters of opposition before 15th June -even if you have written and opposed before – also ask to speak at the Council Meeting on 8th July – this coal mine would be Near #Sellafield

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Here is an excellent letter of objection from Martin – a resident living close to the proposed coal mine and associated infrastructure.

Please use Martin’s letter below as inspiration for your own letters of objection to Cumbria County Council (write before the 15th June) – also ask to speak at the meeting on 8th July  – There is  more information here.

PLANNING REFERENCE: 4/17/9007

I object to the building of the Wood House Colliery and the Train Load Facility (TLF), Pow Beck. 

Cumbria’s Statutory Development Plan (SDP)-Cumbria Minerals & Waste Local Plan; POLICY SP15 Environmental Assets. “Protect, maintaintain and enhance people’s overall quality of life and the natural, historic and other distinctive features that contribute to the environment of Cumbria and to the character of its landscapes and places

The leading paragraph of the same SDP reads “…It will always work proactively with applicants to…

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OBJECT!!! To the New Plan for the Coal Mine Before 15th June

We CAN Stop the Coal Mine Near Sellafield – PLEASE even if you have written before – write again and OBJECT

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Dear Friends,

Thanks to our continued challenges the Developers of the first deep coal mine in the UK in decades have put forward an amended planning application.  The difference with this plan is that the developers propose to make the lower quality middlings coal (previously called a “by product”) into coking coal.

Even if  you have written previously to oppose the plan PLEASE PLEASE write and object again BEFORE 15th June – and ALSO ask to speak at the planning meeting (July 8th).

We have prepared a list of potential issues that you can object to – (this is not an exhaustive list – there are plenty more arguments you can make against this diabolic plan)

So please do use this as inspiration for your own letters of objection.  Even it you can write just a line or two saying that you strongly oppose this plan. – it is…

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