We belong to a small community in the heart of the Sperrin Mountains. Our area, Greencastle in Co.Tyrone, is a typical rural area with a small close knit community with the local football club at the heart of it. The football grounds has our community centre and from here we run sports clubs, youth clubs, music lessons, gym sessions, health and well being workshops, after funeral dinners, sessions for the older people in our area…you name it and it happens in our community centre and all of this is nearly all ran by volunteers. In the heart of the village we have one pub, one shop, a primary school, a playschool, a credit union and numerous houses but we’re surrounded by the beautiful Sperrins countryside.
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 with the Greencastle carnival which was certainly innovative of its time, then we had Big Brother’s Tyrone Tom, Eddies the local pub even won best pub in the UK at a time 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.
Through 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 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 continue to 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 ISLAND 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. Think of the future and how these companies may come into areas across Ulster and then further afield. 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 want to help us please follow the actions below as advised by the action group SAVE OUR SPERRINS:
‘With less than four weeks to get written objections to Dalradian’s toxic plans for our area submitted it is imperative that every man, woman and child takes it upon themselves to join us in this task.
If you like this page, are a local resident or a concerned environmentalist/human being then please help us.
Send your objections to the Strategic Planning Division, First Floor, Clarence Court, 10-18 Adelaide Street, Belfast, BT2 8GB
OR 71 Ebrington Square, Derry, BT47 6FA.
Please remember to quote the reference number (LA10/2017/1249/F) in all correspondence.
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’. Please help if you can!
If you would like to support our campaign financially then you can donate by following the below link.
Thank you and don’t forget, spread the word!!!!