Mine could save beach

Jeannie Kielty, development relations coordinator at The Banks Group.
Jeannie Kielty, development relations coordinator at The Banks Group.

Planning permission which allows thousands of tonnes of sand to be removed from a Northumberland beach every eyar could be set aside.

Currently, a mineral planning permission allows for the removal of sand from Druridge Ba – but a mining firm says the permission will be set aside if plans for a proposed new surface mine in the area get the go ahead.

Banks Mining is developing plans for a Highthorn surface mining scheme and has reached an aggreement to halt the removal of sand if the surface mine plans are agreed.

Coun Michael Wright, chairman of Cresswell Parish Council, said: “The dunes have evolved over a long period of time and provide a natural defence against the high tides that can affect the area.”