Get involved with mine and leisure resort plans

Residents and businesses are being encouraged to take part in the consultation and planning processes for an opencast mining site and a leisure resort in south east Northumberland.

Local Liberal Democrat campaigner Julie Pörksen is calling for community participation in the new proposals for the Widdrington area near Morpeth.

She met with Banks Group at the Shotton opencast site near Cramlington last week to see the operation and restoration of their mines.

She also toured the Highthorn site, south of Widdrington village, to see the possible extent and impact of their planned operations, and discussed the proposals for the planned resort north of Widdrington Station with the Active Leisure team.

“An opencast site and a leisure resort would result in much change for the businesses and residents in the communities in the Widdrington area,” she said.

“The proposals for these two large scale developments would have an impact on jobs, the environment, roads, and amenity in the immediate area and more widely across Northumberland.

“I urge residents and businesses to participate as fully as possible in both consultations and in the planning process when that starts so that their views are heard by both the developers and Northumberland County Council.”

A campaign group called Save Druridge has been set up by local residents and can be contacted through the Twitter account @SaveDruridge