Unanimous vote against fracking in Lancashire

Photo Neil Cross'The anti-fracking protest at County Hall, Preston

Photo Neil Cross'The anti-fracking protest at County Hall, Preston

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TOWN Hall chiefs have voted unanimously to oppose fracking in a Lancashire village.

Preston Council was asked for its views on fracking bids by Cuadrilla at Roseacre Wood, ahead of a crunch meeting where Lancashire County Council will make a decision on two applications.

Officers had recommended that the planning committee object to the plans, on the grounds of the impact of traffic on Broughton and Woodplumpton, and councillors voted to follow their advice.

Julie Buttle, clerk to Woodplumpton Parish Council, addressed Thursday’s meeting and thanked officers for the recommendation.

She said: “It makes a change to address committee to thank officers for supporting the parish council in objecting to this application, which would see a severe increase in HGV movements, which would have a material impact on existing road users including vulnerable cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders.

“We hope your recommendation carries significant weight when considered by Lancashire County Council’s planning committee later this month.”

A report, recommending that the plans be objected to, said: “While the development proposals mainly affect an area well away from the city boundary the consequences of routeing HGV construction traffic from the A6 via Broughton and the B5269 would have unacceptable adverse traffic and air pollution impacts.”

A Cuadrilla spokesman said: “The existing route is Cuadrilla’s preferred option - the Broughton leg which was discussed is the alternative route, not the preferred route. It’s also worth noting that the 25 HGVs per day referred to in the planning documents is a maximum and not an average.”