A historic lead mine has been given a quarter of a million pounds to help preserve it for future generations.
Nenthead Mines on the Cumbrian/ Northumbrian border has received the money from Natural England. Commercial mining began at the site 300 years ago and the conservation work will begin today.
A child has been injured in a road accident on the A689 between Alston and Nenthead in Cumbria. However, police have issued a statement saying that although the child is being treated in hospital, his or her injuries are not as serious as officers initially thought.
The road has now been reopened.
The A689 is closed between Alston and Nenthead due to a serious accident.
Diversions are in place on the Blaghill Road, B6294 from Nenthall on the A689 to A686 the Junction at Clarghill Hall.
Motorists are asked to avoid the area and use alternative routes.
Five hundred jobs could be created if plans go ahead to bring lead and zinc mining back to a village in the Pennines.
Commercial mining started in Nenthead near Alston more than 300 years ago, and after it reached a peak in the middle of the 19th century, before declining.
An Irish mining company thinks there might be previously undiscovered resources still there as John Bevir reports:
In the report John speaks to Dick Phillips fromAlston Moor Parish Council and local resident Alex Martin.
Nenthead used to have a mine, but it was closed and turned into a museum.
The new plans have attracted some criticism because of the impact on the local environment, but the company behind the plans have been quick to point out that current mines are significantly cleaner than mines used to be.
They have also warned that the vast majority of exploration works do not lead on to mines being opened, but have said they won't know for certain until more boreholes are drilled.
$1million is being spent on drilling exploratory boreholes, which could lead to the creation of a new lead and zinc mine in the North Penines.
If the project goes ahead, up to 500 jobs could be created at the mine just outside the village of Nenthead, near Alston, just a few miles from the border between Cumbria, County Durham and Northumbria.
One 350 metre borehole has already been drilled by the mineral exploration company Minco Plc.
Two further boreholes are planned, which could rise to eight, depending on what the initial ones reveal.
A mining company want to create a lead and zinc mine on Alston Moor.
Representatives from Minco plc have already met with residents of the nearby village of Nenthead.
The meeting explained that the company have made an initial borehole of 350 metres and three more bore holes are planned, with up to eight boreholes expected to be drilled.
The initial exploration is looking for mineral deposits to justify a commercial mining operation on the land. If this were to happen the company estimate up to 400 to 500 jobs would be made for 30 to 40 years. The company have confirmed their plans on their website saying: