Council Accused Of 'Silencing' 15,000 Opponents To Controversial Coal Mine Plan

Council chiefs in Newcastle have been accused of ‘silencing’ more than 15,000 opponents to a controversial plan for a massive new coal mine on the outskirts of the city.

Banks Mining’s proposals to dig an opencast mine at Dewley Hill, near Throckley, have been met with heavy opposition from environmental campaigners and local residents.

Despite the fact that more than 15,000 people have now signed a Save Newcastle Wildlife petition to oppose the development, Newcastle City Council is refusing to allow them a debate in the council chamber.

Under normal circumstances, a petition submitted to the local authority with more than 2,500 signatories will trigger a debate on the issue at a full council meeting.