Growing public concern
During the past few week Hilltop Action Group has run three drop-in sessions in Tupton, Holmgate and Clay Cross. All were well attended, with fifty or more local residents coming along to each to discuss their concerns about the open cast mining proposals. A number of individuals came forward with interesting information and local knowledge which will be very useful when putting together our objections, if and when, Provectus submit a formal planning application to open cast mine the fields to the west of the A61 between Tupton and Clay Cross.
We also had a stall at Tupton Gala on Saturday 21 July were again we had the opportunity to discuss the Provectus proposals with concerned local residents. At times it was the busiest stall at the show. The committee also ran a raffle which helped to boost our fighting fund.
In the last few weeks we also started a petition and so far have over 250 signatures. Some local shops have petition forms, so if you haven’t signed it yet look out for them and add your name.
At the moment it is a waiting game – Provectus have said their intention is to submit their planning application in the autumn and nothing much will happen until then.
We plan to hold further events in the autumn in anticipation of their next move – more information soon.