On Thursday 19 August, I helped Communities Against Airfield Open Cast campaigners erect a road-side banner promoting their new website, adjacent to the proposed site for a new open cast mine. Scottish Coal plans to mine 2 million tonnes of coal from Airfield Farm near Cousland, Midlothian. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to join their protest walk/cycle to Cousland on Saturday, but I hope it went well.
Just over a year ago, on 4th August 2009, the Queen signed the Scottish Climate Change Act. Expanding coal operations in Scotland does not make sense, we should be reducing our reliance on coal not increasing it. The Battle of Britain started on August the 4th 1940 – the ‘Battle of Airfield’ is about to begin. The campaign has my full support.