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Defending the Shropshire Hills from UK Coal

Campaigners against UK Coals Huntington Lane open cast coal mine in Telford, were shocked to discover that many trees on site have already been felled. They are appealing for support and solidarity in their defence of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Protesters are appealing for support in defending the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural beauty, which is under threat from UK COal’s Huntington Lane opencast coal mine. Campaigners from various groups including West Midlands Climate Action who are all opposed to the surface mine in Telford were disappointed to discover yesterday that a large number of trees on site have already been felled. The 230 acre site is part of the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is also home to the protected scheduled New Works Ancient Monument. After strong local opposition the application was submitted to a planning inspectorate and late last year the Secretary of State, John Denham found in favour of UK Coal and the open cast coal mine was approved.

On Saturday 6th March campaigners embarked on a whistle-stop tour of Telford, displaying a large ‘No New Coal’ banner at some of the towns landmarks.

Upon visiting the site on Sunday 7th they were shocked to discover that a large number of trees had already been felled, implying that operations will be commencing imminently.

To offer your support please contact defendhuntingtonlane@hushmail.com

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Categories: Coal
  1. 10/04/2010 at 7:45 am

    On Sunday, protesters have held the site against UK Coals inent to mine, for a month, despite “Infrastructure work” now being carried out on the Southern site by UK Coal contractors who are bringing in machinery delivered to local farmers ( who are tenants of UK Coal and own the farms which are adjacent tothe South site).
    Those who have managed to stay for weeks deserve admirationfor their dedication, afraid Im suffering from Asthma attacks due to the smoke from the wet wood fires in the Teepees, so my time on site is now limited until Doctors say im clear.
    To all those unknown people who have supported the protest camp thus far in so many ways – a really big “Thank You”, for without logistical support and donations, we would have been unable to stay this long.
    This weekends fine weather gives an opportunity to make a weekend of it if you want to get away from the cities, towns, or just come for abreak, you will be very welcome, and numbers would be appreciated by those in occupation!
    Many thanks to you all,
    SB.

  1. 21/03/2010 at 4:40 pm

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