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Green Belt site dropped from Staffordshire minerals plan

A 200-acre area of open countryside at Bignall End has been dropped from Staffordshire’s minerals plan – to the joy of villagers and Newcastle’s MP Paul Farrelly who fought a concerted campaign to safeguard it from coal mining.

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MP hails ‘people power’ after coal mining firm plans are withdrawn

CONTROVERSIAL plans for an opencast coal mine on 200 acres of farmland at Bignall End have been dropped following a two-year campaign of opposition by villagers supported by Newcastle’s Labour MP Paul Farrelly.

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MP presses Government and UK Coal to shelve open cast coal plans for Bignall End

Newcastle’s Labour MP Paul Farrelly has called on Energy Minister Michael Fallon and the Chief Executive of cash-strapped UK Coal to scrap plans for a controversial opencast coal mine at Great Oak in the village of Bignall End in his constituency.

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MP joins protesters fighting opencast coal mining plans

Newcastle’s Labour MP Paul Farrelly joined dozens of campaigners who staged a demonstration march against proposals to develop an open cast coal mine on farm land at Great Oak, Bignall End.

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MP warns over open cast mining comeback

Villagers are facing the risk of a renewed environmental blight from plans to revive open cast coal mining in a rural area of North Staffordshire, MP Paul Farrelly has warned.

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Restoration complete at St James Church, Audley

The people of Audley have celebrated the restoration of the village’s most familiar landmark, the Anglican church of St James, following months of painstaking work costing £170,000 in all.

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