Local people must be heard on Highthorn Application



The councillor whose ward is subject to proposals for an opencast mine has criticised the Green leader for turning it into a ‘political football’.

Natalie Bennett was in Northumberland last Thursday to meet members of the Save Druridge campaign at the Drift Café in Cresswell, near to the proposed site of the Highthorn surface mine, as well as party activists from across the county.

To read more of the article click here, the most important bit is the statement below.

Read more: http://www.northumberlandgazette.co.uk/news/local-news/watch-green-leader-backs-mine-fight-1-7708783#ixzz3zBDPZfZ3

Scott went on to say that:

I'm not sure the Green party understand the concept of representative democracy but it was sad to see them resort to low name calling and personal insults in their 'quest' to tell people what to think. I've been clear from the start, this issue isn't a party political issue, it's an issue which deserves to be debated and discussed reasonably by all sides of the discussion. Only then can we get to the real issues which motivate the community not just the most vocal in the community. I'm elected to represent the whole ward not just people who agree with me or people who voted for me and I've been careful to listen to all sides.
I'm afraid, in admitting that they see this as a 'party political football', the Greens have denigrated decent debate and discussion to a 'them and us' shouting match.
It's time they grew up and sought to find ways of bringing the community together because life will go on after the decision and we'll all have to find a way of reconciling different opinions.
I want to bring people together and I make no apologies to the Greens for that and I passionately believe that all sides in this debate need to be heard if we are going to be able to make the right decision and to move on after that decision. The Greens have admitted that they see this as 'party political football' - shame on them for failing to see that the mature position on this issue is to provide a platform where all views can be treated with respect and not denigrated. Far from 'sitting on the fence', I believe every voice has equal weight not just those who shout the loudest.

intimidation, name calling has a common theme over the past 12 months not only for me but many other people too. We shouldn't need to resort to that kind of abuse to get our feelings/opinions across. We must also accept one another's view. This community whatever the decision needs to live together afterwards and some of the tactics of division will take a long time to repair.

Those who wish to go to the public meeting about a proposed surface mine near Widdrington are being asked to pre-register to attend.
Due to the high level of interest in the application, and the capacity of Widdrington Community Centre, the council is asking everyone who wishes to attend to register in advance.
The public meeting on 25 February will provide information and the opportunity for questions about the proposal by the Banks Group for a surface coal mine at Highthorn.
The meeting will take place on Thursday 25 February between 6pm and 8pm at the Widdrington Station Community Centre, Grange Road, Widdrington Station.
Those who wish to attend should email highthornregister@northumberland.gov.uk before Thursday 18 February, providing their name, address, email address and phone number.  You can also register by phone on 01670 622703 during normal office hours. 

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commented 2016-02-04 10:19:28 +0000
Unless Scott is a climate-change denier, he must accept that this is an application which, if permitted, has major signficance at local, national and even international level. For Scott to try and stifle debate at a regional or national level is frankly antidemocratic. The coal industry is a thing of the past – perhaps the past feels comfortable for Scott, but it does not suit Northumberland.

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