Campaigners hail end of opencast coalmines in UK after latest victory

Campaigners hail end of opencast coalmines in UK after latest victory

Rejection of planned scheme on outskirts of Newcastle upon Tyne said to confirm industry’s demise

Campaigners are hailing the end of opencast coal mining in Britain after a long battle to see off the final applications for new mines in former coal heartlands.

The Banks Group’s decision not to appeal against the rejection of a proposed scheme on the outskirts of Newcastle upon Tyne means England joins Scotland in apparently reaching the end of the road for surface coalmining.

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