OPENCAST: Let’s have coal, not the dole

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With regard to Highthorn opencast at Druridge Bay, does anyone care about the men who will lose their jobs if this doesn’t go ahead, or the chance of more people being employed in a place where well-paid jobs are hard to come by?

My husband, at the age of 58, will be unemployed if he loses his job and probably will be on the dole for years. We could lose our home with a mortgage to be paid.

Have people forgotten that Banks ran an opencast site from 1997 to 2005 at the top of Whorral Bank with no damage to the environment or housing nearby, including St George’s Hospital, which was on the doorstep?

Please let it be coal, not dole, for us.

Suzy Graham

Abbotsway

Morpeth