Public outcry at imminent new opencast coal mines amid ‘coal phase-out’

Residents of County Durham brought a 86,000 signature petition to Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, to demand that he uses his powers under the Town and Country Planning Act to revoke permission for a new opencast coal mine, ‘Bradley’ in Dipton near Consett, due to start work within weeks.

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