East Chevington Parish Council

‘We want jobs for locals’

Concerns were voiced about the need for local jobs if plans for a new surface mine near Druridge Bay are given the go-ahead.

Barry Grimes and Sam Thistlethwaite from Banks Mining Group gave a presentation to Monday’s meeting about the company’s plans for a surface mine at Highthorn.

They detailed the plans and asked for questions.

Coun Paul Claridge said: “I have had opencast here all my life and I’m a bit sick of it, but we have got to talk about employment. We seem to get very little.

“I would like reassurance that people employed will be local.

“We don’t want more people coming in from outside.”

Mr Grimes said that the mine would predominantly be to transfer jobs from the company’s Brenkley Lane site which is due to close.

Mr Thistlethwaite added: “We employ a surprising amount of people from Widdrington and Hadston already, so there are already locals.”

SUMMER PROJECTS WERE A SUCCESS

Coun Scott Dickinson reported that the summer activities at Hadston House had gone ‘very well’ . He said around 290 places were taken up over the school holidays with a variety of activities on offer. He added that Hadston House also has funding to employ a new driver for its meals on wheels services.

GARDEN AWARDS CELEBRATION NIGHT

A celebration night is being held on Monday for the presentation of trophies in connection with the parish council’s garden competition.

It takes place in the Hadston Youth and Community Building from 6pm onwards.

Winners will be presented with their prizes and there will be a buffet.

OBJECTIONS TO NEW HOUSING PLANS

Councillors are in objection to plans to build four new homes on one plot of land.

The application is to build four three-bedroom homes on land north of Enfield House in Red Row.

But councillors said that the number of properties would constitute an overdevelopment of the site.

DONATION GIVEN FOR CHARITY MATCH

The parish council has given a donation of £140 to help host a charity football tournament in memory of two Hadston boys who died.

Coun Anthony Wray said that next year he would like the money to be put towards drugs awareness work as the two men’s deaths were drug-related.