NEWS & EVENTS
A VICTORY AGAINST THE MARLEY HILL SURFACE MINE PROPOSAL (on the Gateshead /Stanley, Co Durham boundary)
We have just had great news that what was originally a UK Coal application to opencast the Marley Hill site is now dead.
Gateshead originally approved the application, but Co Durham refused permission. We have been informed by the Durham Case Officer that there is not going to be an appeal.
Welcome to The Pont Valley Network's Community Website
Our Next Meeting will be held on Monday the 2nd February at 7:15pm in Dipton Club
Pont Valley Network Social Night
Saturday the 27th February at 7:30pm
Entertainment, Bingo and snacks
Ticket price tbc with payment at the door.
Dates for your Diary
Sunday 20th March - Spring walk
Friday 15th April - A talk by local speaker and supper
Saturday 2nd July - PVN fun day
Sunday 3rd July - Red Kite run
Further detail to follow.
Come have a browse of our new pages and read about our new work with the Land of Oak and Iron Landscape Partnership. Lots coming to our area and we would love for you to be a part of it....
Communities and organisations across the Country come together to fight disgraced Mining company
Land of Oak and Iron Landscape Partnership - November Update
I am conscious we have not been in touch for a while; it’s amazing how quickly time passes when you're bid writing! Anyway after a very successful summer of consultation the Land of Oak and Iron Landscape Partnership wants to say a big THANK YOU to all those that contributed; your ideas have been really helpful to shape the projects and show what the local community want. The consultation period has now ended and the Land of Oak and Iron team are coordinating all of the great feedback and stories we have uncovered, aligning them to project ideas for prioritisation through the Cultural, Natural and Built Heritage sub-groups which have met twice since the summer to consider project ideas. Individual residents, as well as community organisations, have attended these and made valuable contributions to the project selection process. Recommendations will now be considered by the Partnership Board over the next two months. An overview of our timescales going forward and how the whole programme is developing is attached. The scrutiny and approval of these ideas will continue until the end of the year so ideas could be subject to change. One exciting change is that we are hoping to find savings in the original budgets to enable the creation of a Land of Oak and Iron Community Grants scheme which local community groups can bid into to support projects that link to the Land of Oak and Iron. If you know of other organisations that might be interested in this please do send it on, or if you would like to put an article in a local newsletter do let me know. If you have a question or would like to discuss any ideas in more detail do not hesitate to give me a call. Many thanks for your continued support and best wishes, Lisa
Thank you for the support guys.... our facebook page has now reached 1,049 people and we are hitting 200 website hits per day, we hope you will continue to share this site, our fb page and our posts to increase our reach to every local resident giving them the chance to help STOP these people DESTROYING OUR COUNTRYSIDE, our heritage, our history...... show your support and comment on our fb page but most of all contact us via our site and come along to the inquiry. Numbers speak louder than words
The Appeal decision has returned and planning permission has been granted for the Bradley site. A brief commentary on the Bradley opencast decision prepared by Steve Leary of the Local Anti Opencast Network and the full copy of the Planning inspectorate document are available in the NOTT Campaign section of this website.
We have added a page with information regarding many open cast mining sites across the UK planned and present, all of which have supporter who are fighting battles against destruction of their countryside, threats of non-regeneration, health issues and many other concerns we have when living so close to sites like these.
Below are a couple of links to sites we have found interesting over the last few weeks. Lots of activity sheets you can use while out walking in the valley with the kids.......... send us your pics and updates of what you get up to in the valley during the summer
The Big Tree Project.......
A BIG THANK YOU goes out to those who came along and helped members of Pont Valley Network, Groundworks, St. Patricks and Collierley schools to plant 238 elder, oak and willow trees at the Ponds site in Dipton as part of this project. Have a browse through our pictures and see everybody hard at work but also enjoying every minute
We hope you find our new pages about orienteering and TUFA in the Pontburn Valley interesting to read...... If there is anything else you would like to see then fill out our contacts form or email /fb to let us know...........
We hope this will become your favourite place for anything and everything Pont Valley related. One place where you can find all the news, events and information you could want or need. We hope to use this site to help people work together by sharing information so everybody can find out who, where, when and what - before deciding how we can all make a difference.
Dealing in facts not fiction. Use our site to share information, to inform and be informed. Be a part of the decision-making process and not a silent witness!
Catch up on the coming events, and all the recent news or delve into the archives to take a look into our past. You can contact us to ask or offer help, recommend new sources of information and good contacts. Suggest new activities, tell us of your village’s news or events and share our resources.
Get involved and become part of a place that stands up and speaks for itself by telling it how it was, is and could be. You decide how often or how little to use this site. Your choice! If nothing more, use our linked pages to go to other organisations, agencies and individuals that we all find useful and keep up-to-date with what goes on in our villages as well as elsewhere.
This website will be forever evolving so please be patient with us and understand we appreciate any help you can offer. All present information will be uploaded as it is accessed and future events including our minutes and relevant info will be available within 72hrs. Our history and information pages will be uploaded over the coming months.