Up until recently we have led a nice quiet lifestyle here, we have a strong farming tradition in the area and we have been blessed with green fields, peace, quiet and tranquility. We have been 'put on the map' so to speak by a few people and activities, from the Greencastle carnival to Big Brother's Tyrone Tom, and more recently the football club has brought us glory through their winning form, and not to forget the Greencastle 5 mile road race which just celebrated its 32nd year and has brought the likes of Nadine Coyle and Jesse Metcalfe to come and experience the wonderful Sperrins welcome.
In all of this community, celebration and happiness were key points but a new development is trying to put us on the map, or perhaps destroy us of the map you might say as Dalradian Gold has plans to MINE FOR GOLD in our hills and valleys and build a massive TOXIC MINERAL PROCESSING PLANT on the side of Crockanboy hill, as well as leave WASTE DUMPS full of discarded rock which will have been processed using cyanide and other chemicals all over our area, an area which has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This will have a devastating impact on our strong vibrant community who want to continue to live here and enjoy the healthy fresh air and land which we have been passing down for generations. And we as a community are standing up and fighting for our right to live in a Dalradian and toxic processing plant free Greencastle and we are saying NO!
This is not just the story of Greencastle however, Dalradian is a direct threat to the whole North West initially followed by the entire island of Ireland as they are seeking licences in Tyrone and Derry and they will only move wider if their applications are successful. Then if they are successful with their plans to develop a processing plant they will be encouraging other gold mining companies to come to Ireland to mine so that Dalradian can then process the rock gaining even more profit for their stakeholders while we the local communities across the island of Ireland suffer. This is an IRELAND WIDE ISSUE, it is not just the people of Greencastle who will suffer as a result of this.
We are asking for people to stand in solidarity with us and to stop this planned mining, toxic processing plant and waste dump from being developed in this area of outstanding natural beauty. As I've said our area is only the beginning, we know that Dalradian plans to advance this mining on a large scale and while you may not be affected by this specific planning application this time around they will come at a later date and could be in any of your areas soon. NOW IS THE TIME TO STOP THEM. We all need to work together!
If you would like to support our campaign financially then you can donate by following the attached link. This would mean so much to us as we are all just ordinary people trying to protect our homes, our village and our children's future.
We are a group of volunteers, our enemy Dalradian is a company made up of wealthy financial backers all hoping to get wealthier at our expense, this company have full time workers and are paying a PR company to put out their one sided narrative. We need to fundraise so we can also get adverts in the local papers, but our adverts will show the other side to this so called 'great development'. We need to make sure there is a balanced debate about this when it comes to the planners and the only way we can do this is by getting the word out. Please help us if you can, every penny will help!
Thank you and don't forget, spread the word!!!!
Anybody who would like to arrange payments via other methods (cheque or cash or bank transfer) can email [email redacted]
- Marilyn Nicholl
- Christine Harkness
- Kathleen Quinn
- Carol Glass
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