Third chance for community to have its say on opencast

The company behind a controversial surface-mine scheme close to a Northumberland beauty spot has unveiled the date for a third community workshop.

Banks Mining is inviting people to have their say on its developing plans for the proposed Highthorn surface mine, earmarked for the south east of Widdrington and near to Druridge Bay.

The session, which follows workshops in January and February, is set for 6.30pm on Wednesday at the Miners Welfare Institute in Bridge Road, Lynemouth.

This venue has been chosen to ensure that there is enough room to accommodate everyone interested.

Mark Dowdall, Environment and Community Director at The Banks Group, said: “The two community workshops we’ve held this year have been well attended, and the feedback we’ve had from attendees is helping to make sure that the plans for Highthorn are as good as they can be for the economy, the environment and the local community.”

To pre-register for the workshop, visit www.banks or call 0844 209 1515.