Media reporting around the Bradley campaign @ 21 Feb 11
Hello David, The Pont Valley Network and all those Groups and Individuals who Campaigned against the Bradley Application
I thought you might be interested in the recent news stories generated by your campaign and the, for now, successful outcome of the DCC meeting. These are off the references I'm collecting for a rewrite of my 2 part report on Current and Potential Opencast Mine sites in England which can be accessed here @
However the list below contains news that has yet to be added to this page
" Bradley Co Durham
‘Opposition to Bradley mine scheme runs deep’, 10/2/11,Journal, @
Report on the fact that DCC is to determine the Bradley Surface Mine Application on Tuesday 15/2/11. The Case Officer is recommending approval in spite of strong local opposition.
‘Last-ditch plea over mining plans’, 13/2/11, The Advertiser (Consett & Stanley) @
Karen Adamson on behalf of the Pont Valley Network appeals to Durham County councillors to throw the scheme out.
‘UK Coal opencast mine plan for Co Durham rejected’, 16/2/11, BBC News Wear @
‘Councillors block opencast plans’, 15/2/11, Advertiser (Consett and Stanley) @
Northern Echo (Consett News) 15/2/11 @
‘UK Coal opencast mine plan for Durham rejected’, 16/2/11, Manchesterwired @
and Wolveswired @
and Bristolwired @
A ‘Good News’ set of stories about the objectors to the Bradley Opencast Mine resounding successful outcome at DCC on Tuesday 15/2/11. Now they have to wait for up to 6 months to see if UK Coal plc lodge an appeal "
All those who contributed to such a successful outcome need our praise and they need to know that others are taking notice. These news stories bear witness to that. Their success brings hope to those who have yet to cross the hurdle of a Mineral Planning Authoritie's Determination Date Hearing, but your result gives us greater confidence that we too will succeed.
Steve Leary, Member of the Minorca Opencast Protest Group
Recent News Media Items
Plea to make sure bell pit site remains:
http://www.journallive.co.uk/north-east-news/todays-news/2010/03/06/conservation-status-may-halt-wind-farm-plans-61634-25973216/ - re Bolam
http://www.journallive.co.uk/north-east-news/todays-news/2010/03/04/plea-to-make-sure-bell-pit-site-remains-61634-25958576/ = re Bradley
AN historian is fighting to preserve an historic monument to the region’s industrial heritage.
David Marrs fears plans to excavate more than half a million tons of coal from land at Bradley between Leadgate and Dipton in north west Durham will mean the loss of the site of historic bell pits.
A bell pit was a primitive method of mining coal where the coal lies near the surface on flat land. A shaft is sunk to reach the coal which is then excavated by miners transported in by means of a winch and removed by means of a bucket (much like a well). It gets its name because in cross section it resembles a bell.
Typically, no supports are used and mining continues outward until the mine becomes too dangerous (or collapses) at which point another mine is started, often in close proximity.
This type of mine was in frequent use starting as early as the 14th Century and a few continued in use until after World War One in the region around Ford, Northumberland. Bell pits often flooded due to a lack of a drainage system. This, plus the lack of supports and the likelihood for collapse, means remains of bell pits are hard to identify nowadays.
But Mr Marrs, 52, of Granville Terrace, Annfield Plain, near Stanley, County Durham, former chief executive of the now defunct Durham City Council, explained: “On this site at Bradley there is a wonderful pepperpot of bell pits dating back to the 18th Century and possibly even earlier.
“They are a fantastic educational tool and it would be a crime if they were to disappear.
“I have taken hundreds of people on guided walks to look at them, I believe they should be a listed monument and a must for schoolchildren to visit. But UK Coal don’t seem to care. They just want to flatten the entire area.”
UK Coal has already successfully applied for planning permission to create three habitat ponds for great crested newts next to the proposed site.
The company, which plans to extract 556,000 tonnes from the Bradley site, an area of 73,000 square metres in the Derwent Valley, was hindered by the presence of the tiny animals on a pond in the area where it wants to mine.
A spokesman said: “This application is still going through the planning process with Durham County Council. We have had approval to create three settling ponds (near to the site) and will be starting work this spring. The ponds will ecologically enhance the environment by attracting wildlife into the ponds.
“This is something we have taken upon ourselves to do.”
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18 Oct 08 - Leadgate Needs Help from DDC
There are few villages in NE England without a cycle –way. This is hardly surprising as most were created from the railways which serviced our coal mines and heavy industries. Now we have natural corridors that are shared by pedestrians and cyclists alike. Wild-life of the natural kind, not of the sort that usually mars the quiet enjoyment of the majority by the few, is returning.
But this happy situation cannot possibly continue without the active support and perhaps intervention of the Derwentside District Council. For there remains the same issues around ownership now, 150 days on since the “project” began as when it first started.
Few of our villages can boast to be as neatly divided in two as Leadgate. Here Sustrans Coast to Coast (C2C) passes East to West, crossing the Roman Watling Street just a few yards away from the cross-roads that mark the very heart of Leadgate.
Yet for near to 2 decades issues around ownership have caused what might have made what is now a green and pleasant corridor to be neglected and overgrown, a magnet for anti-social behaviour and a nightmare for residents and cyclists alike. Now, thanks to the efforts of the Pont Valley Network, an organisation supporting all the people of the Pontburn Valley, there has this year been a transformation.
Cyclists no longer pedal furiously to pass through as quickly as possible. Lawns have been laid, gardens planted out, attractive seats made from salvaged timber and stone recovered from areas previously buried under mounds of rubbish and all with a little self-help, determination and ingenuity. All without the help, financial or otherwise, from any outside organisation!
In the past there has been a steadfast refusal by DDC and Sustrans to sit down and resolve issues. Now the Pont Valley Network has shown how we might continue, if only we all find common ground, exactly as we had centuries ago and allow our communities to take care of themselves.
Leadgate is looking good, but it can’t possibly stay that way without council support in routine, daily ways. Such an important part of the village cannot be allowed to become such an eyesore again and it should not fall upon one or two community-minded individuals to take matters into their own hands.
Sustrans, at least at local level, have suggested a mechanism where this might be achieved through a leasing agreement. It should be possible to build on this suggestion and come up with a contract that allows the council to work with the village caretakers to keep this new-found sense of community pride and involvement growing. How about it DDC?
For further information contact David Shields, Moderator at www.pontvalley.net on e e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone 01207 582385 or call in at Clifton House, 17 St Ives Road, Leadgate (DH8 7PY).
21 Januay 2011
Leadgate Caretakers @ the Village Wood Shop!
Who ever heard of caretakers also being artists or being taken care of
themselves, by the communities they care for? While Christmas might be over for
another year and for some resolutions broken already firmly broken, the
decorations are still out and on display, at least in Leadgate!
The work produced by the Leadgate Caretakers has gone right to the heart of the
village. Anyone visiting Leadgate over the past few years, especially those
riding bikes coast –to-coast or just walking will have noticed the difference.
Grass has been cut, and fences mended, seats made and seeds sown, gardens
planted out with bulbs and flowers awaiting the spring. The village now has a
green where once the netty stood, paths to be enoyed while getting some exercise
and views that would be the envy of a Cotswold Village.
Now a shed where tools are stored has also become a studio, an old cow-byre a
workshop but that’s not all. It’s now a business looking to issue shares to
invest in its social capital of people that care to work together around a place
they call home for once being rewarded for caring, sharing their skills and
pooling their resources. In whatever way is fun to do and it’s working,
re-learning what communities mean and can be again, once just a few stand out
from the crowd.
Seeing is believing. Look in the Post Office window but not only there and not
only for a poster. Look again and notice that all of the shops on Front Street
and St Ives Road have pieces of art displayed. Traditional crackets made from
hardwoods salvaged from the Pontburn Valley, Elm, Oak, Ash to name but some,
hand-polished to shine as well as stools made from school science benches. See
pieces of sculpted Elm standing in public spaces and bigger pieces adorning the
sensory gardens, project managed and worked on lovingly by the caretakers. Get
up to St Ives Church, along to the Infants School or down to Watling Woods.
Take a look in AJM Dream Gardens en route, a short detour away from the stretch
of C2C between the Jolly Drovers and the last bridge standing in Villa Real.
Anyone living in Leadgate will tell how it was once while sitting in Leadgate
Club and now might also on the villages very own website that they share with
all of the villages in the Pontburn Valley. Climb the Pike or walk down into
the valley and begin to see the difference. Then ask who helped and you might
be surprised to hear how often the Pont Valley Network and their Leadgate
Caretakers get a mention in the answer. Now the Caretakers once more want the
taking of care to become again a business around which more can make their own
living, rediscovering old skills and getting back in touch with their creative
side, while learning by doing.
What started as a labour of love by just a few has become more a way of life
enjoyed by more. And all because some one cared to get past the words, just for
once work a bit differently. To find out more, why not get out and about in
Leadgate or visit the website www.pontvalley.net. If you would like to find out
more about the caretakers, ask the children at the infants school or the old
folks visiting the Post Office or out shopping about the Village Woodman! Ask
the Derwentside Community Volunteer Services, Consett YMCA and Princes Trust,
Durham Council, Sustrans, Groundwork or Durham's Probation Service about who
they might be talking to when they need something doing themselvesa to help
while they help others?
Tele 01207 582385
Village Forum: email@example.com
Created on 26/05/2007 10:08 PM by dshields
Updated on 21/02/2011 09:51 AM by dshields