Many thanks to the iconic Cumbria magazine and writer Fiona Campbell for the interesting and timely article in this months issue.
The article outlines some of the history surrounding the ongoing battle to stop the coal mine and questions the shortsightedness of shoehorning such a dirty industry directly back into West Cumbria. Whitehaven and the St Bees coastline is only just recovering from the massive industrial blight of Marchon (which was known for producing soap but was actually the largest single site producer of sulphuric acid in Europe – necessary to the reprocessing of nuclear spent fuel ) and the old Whitehaven Coal Industry. There is still much left to recover from!
But will this heart stoppingly beautiful coastline ever be given the time and space to recover some of its health and integrity?
Speaking to friends in Whitehaven this week they say that there are more tourists staying in the town and spending their money here.
“A ‘staycation’ on the wonderful West Cumbrian Coast would not be enhanced by noisy diesel trains transporting coal!”