Anne-Marie initially visited Lynemouth Beach in February to see for herself the damage being caused by the coastal erosion uncovering colliery spoil that was dumped there between 1934 and 1963.
Following this, she has been working to bring together Natural England, Northumberland County Council and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to come up with a solution to this problem for our local wildlife and coastline. She brought this to the attention of the Secretary of State, the Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, at a recent meeting and he has now raised this with the Chief Executive of the Environment Agency. Mr Gove is urgently asking the Environment Agency “what steps [it] is taking in its strategic overview role to assist the council to meet this challenge and fulfil their responsibilities”.
Anne-Marie said “It is vital that we act swiftly to save clear up our coastline where it is being eroded and polluted. Now that the problems at Lynemouth are being discussed at the highest level, I am hopeful that a solution can be brought about soon.”