The local action group has an amazing website with all of the plans for the applications and all of the reasons it is a bad idea. These include:
* Noise and dust during the construction and working phases of the project
* Site boundary very close to the village boundary
* Loss of visual amenity
* Loss of tranquillity
* Loss of enjoyment of surrounding countryside
* Adverse impact on County First School students
UK Coal are still in hot water financially since the Financial Times reported that they were going into voluntary liquidation. Although this has since been denied, they are clearly struggling with contractors at their Potland Burn site (also Northumberland) refusing the company credit. After a fire at their Daw Mill Colliery they are looking for the government to re-nationalise this aspect of their business and workers pensions are looking to be in a dangerous position.