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06 February 2016

Banks Mining has begun a lengthy public consultation on its initial plans for Highthorn, which would be located to the east of the village of Widdrington Station, inland from Druridge Bay.

Part of this work will involve identifying how new and improved community and tourism resources might be created in the local area, both during mining operations as part of the firm’s ‘restoration first’ approach to its surface mining schemes, and as part of the site’s final restoration.

Lynemouth Parish Council is discussing proposals with Banks to help ensure that opportunities to enhance the local environment and habitats and to provide better facilities for visitors and tourists are optimised, and the Council is already investigating what improvements would best address local environmental and community needs and priorities.

Banks believes Highthorn would enable the company to sustain over 150 local jobs for more than a decade, and could provide the opportunity for the continuation of Banks’ long-term investment in the local economy as operations at Shotton and Brenkley Lane begin to reach completion towards the end of the decade.

The Banks' project team is asking the Parish Council for feedback about what new facilities they might like to see be created or provided in association with the proposed mine.

For further information on the project, please visit www.banksgroup.co.uk/highthorn

Parish councillor's and residents' feedback and advice will be central to the detailed proposals that will be worked up in the coming months as the company's plans for Highthorn develop.

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