A controversial plan to sink a huge potash mine in the North York Moors National Park has been approved by park authority members tonight.
It is said the project will create more than a thousand jobs - and many more when it's under construction. But there have been fears it could damage the environment. Chris Kiddey reports from Sneaton Castle near Whitby.
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The Campaign for National Parks has expressed its 'disappointment' at the approval of a potash mine by the North Yorks Moors National Park Authority and says it is now considering mounting a legal challenge.
The charity, which acts as the independent national voice for the 13 National Parks in England and Wales, says the project is 'completely incompatible' with National Park purposes.
CNP now has six weeks to apply for a judicial review and says it now needs to decide whether there are grounds for such a challenge.
We’re really disappointed that NPA members have approved the construction of the world’s largest potash mine in the North York Moors. We have long maintainedthat this project is completely incompatible with National Park purposes and that the promised economic benefits could never justify the huge damage that it would do to the area’s landscape and wildlife and to the local tourism economy. There was clear evidence of the planning grounds for refusing this project in the report produced by NPA officers but there has also been huge pressure for NPA members to approve a project which has been widely promoted as bringing employment to the area, even though many of the jobs will not go to local people.
The North Yorks Moors planning commitee has approved plans for a potash mine in the national park, near Whitby, by eight votes to seven. It could set a benchmark for national parks nationwide.
Controversial plans to sink a mile deep mine shaft and create a 1,000 jobs in the heart of the North York Moors National Park near Whitby are expected to be decided today. Mining firm Sirius Minerals wants to dig billions of tonnes of potash - a type of fertiliser - from beneath the moors and seabed. But dozens of environmental groups say the mine will harm one of the region's finest landscapes and damage the vital tourism industry.
Visitors to the coast are being asked to record the sound of the seaside. It's part of a project capture the sounds from the Yorkshire Coast for the British Library's sound archive. The audio will also be used to create a new piece of music inspired by the coast.
The coastal sound map project coincides with the 50th anniversary of the National Trust Neptune Coastline Campaign. Launched in May 1965, the Trust now manages 775 miles of coast in England, Wales and Northern Ireland – including around 20 miles in Yorkshire.
Musician, producer and founder member of Human League and Heaven 17, Martyn Ware, will be using the sounds submitted by the public to create a brand new piece of music for release in February 2016.
There is something really evocative about the sounds of our coast; they help shape our memories of the coastline and immediately transport us to a particular time or place whenever we hear them. As millions of us head to the coast this summer for holidays or day trips we want the public to get involved by recording the sounds of our amazing coastline and add them to the sound map. This could be someone wrestling with putting up a deck-chair, the sounds of a fish and chip shop or a busy coastline town. We’d also love to hear from people that might have historic coastal sounds in Yorkshire which might, for example, be stored in a box in the loft. This will help us see how the sounds have changed over the years.
A public consultation event is being held in Dunston this evening over plans for the Vatenfall wind turbine project. Local campaign groups have protested the plans, which involve 150m high turbines over an area of nine square kilometres. An earlier consultation with residents resulted in the plans being reduced from 23 turbines to 20.
Farms across the region are opening their gates to members of the public today. It is an opportunity for people to find out what it means to be a farmer and to learn about the work they do producing food and managing the countryside. Since the first Open Farm day in 2006 over 1000 farmers across the UK have opened their gates and welcomed people onto their farm for one Sunday each year.
Police are appealing for information and witnesses after finding 16 fox cubs in a barn near Malton.
The cubs - all aged from six to eight weeks old - were found by officers acting on intelligence in an outbuilding on the Birdsall Estate. They are now being cared for in an animal sanctuary outside North Yorkshire.
The foxes were being fed and had access to water, but police say they need further information as to how they got in the barn, why they were there, and who put them there.
A man has been arrested in connection with this incident, and has been released on police bail as the investigation continues.
These cubs had been taken out of the wild, and will have come from at least four different litters. I am appealing to anyone with any information about these foxes, particularly landowners and the communities of Birdsall, Leavening and Thixendale, to contact me. I also want to hear from anyone who is aware of earth being dug out or vixens being killed, as they could have important information that could assist the investigation.
The cost of clearing up after an illegal rave in Lincolnshire is set to run into thousands of pounds.
The Forestry Commission say the event at the end of May in Twyford Woods has also led to a planned event this weekend being cancelled as the clean-up continues. 13 people have been charged with a range of offences, while a further 26 people were released on police bail.
As part of the 50th anniversary of the Pennine Way, ITV Calendar's weather presenter, Jon Mitchell, has been following the trial as it winds through the Calendar region.
In the third and final instalment, Jon explores Swaledale with our expert Anne Clark.