To read earlier chapters in this long-running saga, see our posts back in July…
On 8th September 2016, Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government, stepped into the row over the proposed new open-cast coal mine near the beauty spot, Druridge Bay, by ‘calling in’ the application and setting up a Public Enquiry.
He could have just ‘waved through’ the County Council’s decision!
We may have had a role in this development, since we concentrated on the global significance of the issue in terms of climate change, providing vehement expressions of opposition to the mine from six leading scientists, and scores of other scientifically literate staff at Newcastle University. And climate change and renewable energy were matters highlighted by the Minister as requiring further consideration – the first time this aspect has been cited in this way!
To read these statements of opposition, submitted to the Inspector by David Golding on 9th November, 2016, click here;
To read David Golding’s own statement, submitted on 11th November, click here.