Made it onto the National news media site with our march against Nant Llesg opencast

Posted: April 22, 2014 in Uncategorized
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(I’m the person holding the red placard wearing a zombie mask)

Made it onto the National news media site with our march against Nant Llesg opencast


Campaigners fighting to stop death of the valleys turn out for mocked-up ‘funeral’

Around 200 protesters headed to Caerphilly County Borough Council’s headquarters in a bid to stop plans to build an open cast coal mine.

A mocked-up funeral service was held by protesters who are demanding action to stop ‘the death of the valleys’.

Around 200 campaigners turned out for the ‘funeral’ at Caerphilly County Borough Council’s headquarters this afternoon.

They are aiming to stop plans to build an open cast coal mine at the top of the Rhymney Valley.

In October last year, Miller Argent (South Wales) Limited submitted plans to Caerphilly council for the proposed Nant Llesg Surface Mine scheme , located north of Fochriw and west of Rhymney.

Miller Argent says the project, which would see six to nine million tonnes of coal mined over a period of 17 years, will bring between 144 and 239 jobs to the area.

But the plans have been met with strong opposition , and 5,793 objection letters were presented to the council today by locals who are concerned about the environmental impact the mine would have, as well as the amount of coal dust and pollution it would create.

Neighbouring cosmetics firm Richards & Appleby, which employs 140 people, has also said it would have to move its manufacturing department if the mine was opened because of the pollution.

The campaigners marched around the council headquarters car park at Penallta House, in Ystrad Mynach.

They were led by a funeral bearer and vicar, with the Grim Reaper also following the coffin.

John Hughes, who lives 600 metres beneath the proposed site, was one of those taking part in the procession.

He said: “The plans would see the company digging a 185-metre hole which would lead to so much dust, noise and pollution.

“The council is always urging us to be green and talking about the benefits that has, but this mine would have the opposite affect on all of us.”

Ecologist Jim Davies has studied the impact the plans would have on local wildlife.

He said: “This mine would see the end of Rhas Las Pond, which is actually a key site for birds migrating from the Arctic down to Africa.

“It’s an odd thing but the conditions at the pond are perfect for passage waders such as Little Stints, which are very rare birds.

“We feel that you can’t mess with this as it harms the whole ecosystem and we shouldn’t risk that.”

Caerphilly County Borough Council’s decision on the application is imminent, but no official date has been set for a vote as yet.

 

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David who? Moyes? bugger that!
Meanwhile in the REAL world!!! 
a fantastic gathering of of friends, neighbours, Mams, Dads, brothers and sisters and toddlers, made their way to the offices and the crystal clad tower of Caerphilly County Borough Council, Ty Penallta in support of individual petitions made by almost FIVE THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED of us in a protest lead by United Valleys Action GroupSTOP THE RAPE OF THE FAIR COUNTRYand Green Valleys Alliance and the employees of Richards & Appleby whose jobs we heard are under threat, along with what a Cardiff Faculty of Business study has estimated as over 650 LOST jobs if Miller Argent open casted Nant Llesg.
There were Assembly members of Plaid, Tory and Liberal and Plaid Members of the European parliament. No Labour spokesmen were present.

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