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Opencast Mine (Gateshead)

Volume 164: debated on Monday 18 December 1989

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1.40 am

The humble petition of residents of Gateshead metropolitan borough council sheweth

That the proposal to opencast mine coal in the area to the South of Marley hill and remove the coal by road would result in the net destruction of jobs, cause blight to the countryside and congest the already inadequate roads.
It gives me great pleasure to present the petition. The hole that is proposed will be enormous, as will the damage to industrial development which the two local authorities propose. The roads are totally inadequate. I am grateful for this opportunity to present the petition on behalf of my constituents.

To lie upon the Table.