Parts One and Two of our review into the extent of opencast mining in England and the template of a Press Release that any concerned organisation can adapt to suit their own local circumstance and target at local TV, Radio and Newspapers.
On Saturday 11th of December a group of protesters, locals and other concerned individuals marched together from camp down to the gates of Site ‘A’ for a musical picket which ended in a blockade of the entire mining site!
The action was organized by a solidarity group of people from across the country (and even as far as Israel!) who came down en masse last weekend to show support for the protest site and lend a helping hand with the preparations for eviction. The massive turnout helped many new defense structures take form and our network of support is now stronger than ever!
See our website, https://defendhuntingtonlane.wordpress.com/ for more information.
We are calling for people to come and join us for an action-packed extended weekend of resistance at the site from the 10th-13th December.
We plan to include skillsharing including site skills, action and defense building, information sharing and networking with activists from other campaigns.
Come to the gathering to enjoy free vegan food, nature walks through huge areas of uninterrupted beautiful ancient woodland, acoustic music by the campfire and enjoying the company of the lovely people at the site.
We will provide tasty hot vegan food for all the gathering by donation, come with many hands for chopping veg.
Detailed travel directions are available at https://defendhuntingtonlane.wordpress.com/public-transport-links/, or call us on 07503 583419, email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
EDIT: 14/10/10 23:36 The current situation remains stable, no eviction notice has been served on the camp as yet.
At around 8:30am today police officers and members of the National Eviction Team arrived on Site A to find the tree houses sadly unoccupied. The tree houses have now been removed and branches lopped off the trees so they can’t go back up.
Protesters have been threatened with arrest should they trespass upon Site A. An eviction notice is yet to be served but this chain of events would appear to suggest its imminent arrival. We would encourage any concerned individuals to pay a visit to camp whether it be to stay on, help out with defences, leave a donation or lend their moral support. Food and supplies to take underground would be very useful.
Site A is the southern most part of the site (see below marked as ‘site 2’) and the area where the mines infrastructure is to be built and the mining is to begin.
The infrastructure process has now begun and is expected to be completed relatively quickly and the commencement of mining operations is set to follow.
Please call 07503 583419 for info or to get involved.
It’s approaching six months since camp was set up at Huntington Lane open cast coal mine site and as the ‘anniversary’ approaches things are beginning to speed up. With a lot of defensive work being carried out on site by protesters, UK Coal have been been making preparations of their own; it has been confirmed that an Environmental License will be issued by the end of the month to allow UK Coal to begin work, the water supply has been connected and farmers are being asked to remove stock from the southern site. It has also been discovered that jobs at the mine site are being advertised/allocated and local firm McPhilips will begin working on the site infrastructure very soon.
Time is fast running out before an eviction notice is served and the camp would like to issue a call out for people, tools, lock on gear of all kinds (padlocks,D-locks etc), water and food. If you’re unable to offer any of these things but would like to support the camp, words of solidarity and support are also very gratefully received 🙂
OPEN CAST COAL IN THE SHADOW OF THE WREKIN
In October of 2009 UK Coal were granted permission by the then Secretary of State, John Denham to mine 900,000 tonnes of coal from a site called ‘Huntington Lane Surface Mine Site’ near Telford, Shropshire – this beautiful 230 acre site near The Wrekin encompasses part of the Shropshire Hills AONB and is home to a sceduled ancient monument. At least one County Wildlife Site and the flora and fauna of the borough’s largest and most valuable areas of ancient woodland are threatened by the surface mine. The development also involves the disturbance of four badger setts and the foraging territories of a further two badger clans.
Not only does the proposed mine represent a major blot on the beautiful rural landscape, being clearly visible from the Wrekin and many other local areas, and also create three years of noise and dust for local residents – the subsequent burning of the mined coal will release a minimum of 2,430,000 tonnes of climate changing CO2 emissions into the atmosphere.
In March 2010 protesters moved onto the site in an effort to resist this destruction at the hands of UK Coal.
HOW TO GET THERE
The entry point is actually on New Works Lane, New Works, Telford, Shropshire. The nearest train station is Wellington (Telford West).
For a map click HERE.
The marker on the map is not quite in the right place but is very close to the entry point for camp – the stile is actually on the other side of New Works Lane, just before the houses begin, in the bushes to the right of a shonky old gate! (Please don’t block the gate if you’re coming by car/van as it’s still in use by the farmer – park at the side of the road if you can. There is more space to park heading north up New Works Lane) If you zoom right in on the map you can see the entrance on Streetview, but be warned – the greenery around the stile has grown substancially since this picture was taken! Once over the stile just follow the path; it breaks off to the left behind the houses and also to the right a little further along; ignore these turnings and follow the straight path which bears to the left after them. Continue to follow the path until you reach the sign directing you to camp.
HOW TO CONTACT THE CAMP
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