Thursday, October 23, 2008

Heading home for a Panorama interview

I am heading home to Gateshead a day earlier than usual. I am being interviewed tomorrow afternoon by the BBC for Panorama. The interview is about coal mining, or more specifically, opencast mining.

There was an application three years ago for an opencast scheme in my ward. I led the campaign against on the Gateshead side of the border (Derwentside was affected as well). We won the battle at Gateshead's planning committee. The applicant then lodged an appeal but shortly before the inquiry was due to start, they withdrew. They did however state that they were likely to return with a new application at some point in the future.

The interview itself will take place near the site. Not sure when the programme will be broadcast.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I was also interviewed for BBC Panorama about Opencasting in Smalley Derbyshire, maybe the same programme and was told it would be shown early December 2008.

Neil Paget