Cash boost for campaign group

Save Druridge campaign treasurer Sarah Blythe (white top) and other members of the group thank Libby Paxton (yellow top) for the donation.
Save Druridge campaign treasurer Sarah Blythe (white top) and other members of the group thank Libby Paxton (yellow top) for the donation.

Two groups of environmental protestors were united after more than 30 years, as funds were transferred to help a fight against plans for opencast mining.

Around £350 was handed over from the original Druridge Bay Campaign group, which was set up in the 1980s and successfully helped to prevent the building of a nuclear power station in the area.

Libby Paxton, from Morpeth, who was a member of the group, arranged the handover of funds to the recently-formed Save Druridge group, which is fighting a proposal by Banks Mining for a surface mine, earmarked for the south-east of Widdrington and near to Druridge Bay.

The company is proposing to extract up to five million tonnes of coal over an eight-to-10-year period, starting in 2016.

A planning application for the Highthorn scheme is due to be submitted later in the year. Lynne Gargett, of the Save Druridge group, said: “This is a significant amount of money and will enable us to produce materials that we can hand out at public events to raise awareness.”