Residents Against Greenbelt Exploitation (Fairburn, Yorks)
We are three local villages of Ledstion, Ledsham and Fairburn and we are fighting greenbelt exploitation in our area with regard to a proposed opencast mine.
The projected opencast is still in the hands of local authority (Leeds Council) and if permission is granted will commence September 2007.
Over one million tons of coal is due to be extracted along with other minerals.
The site is adjacent to the RSPB bird sanctuary at Fairburn Ings and is a designated site of special scientific and historical interest and outstanding natural beauty.
The coal is to be used at Drax, Eggborough and Ferrybridge power stations. Five years is what it will take, all this for only 14 days coal to keep the above mentioned power stations going.
If you can help please ring any of the following numbers: