Faced with mounting public outcry, petitions, newspaper articles and representations from many organisations including National CPRE, last week Cumbria County Council decided to reconsider their decision to approve the Whitehaven coal mine in light of reviewing the Committee on Climate Change’s sixth carbon budget.
It’s a big step forward and shows public pressure can have a big effect. However, it’s possible that the council are doing this as a formality, only to re-approve the application once they’ve reviewed the new information.
So it’s important to keep the pressure on. CPRE will be emphasising that research shows that investment in green industries can help transition West Cumbrian communities to genuinely sustainable employment as they’d provide significantly more than the 500 jobs promised by the new mine.