Lancashire residents tell fracking firm to steer clear of their village

CONCERN: Villagers raise objections to fracking HGVs thundering past their homes
CONCERN: Villagers raise objections to fracking HGVs thundering past their homes
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Villagers have shown a red light to fracking wagons thundering past their peaceful rural homes.

Residents in Woodplumpton near Preston have sent a loud “steer clear” message to shale gas exploration company Cuadrilla after a public meeting in the village school.

This is a rural area, there are schools along the route, we have horse riders, cyclists and walkers. We are not comfortable with this because of the disruption it would cause.

Coun Entwistl

“There was no doubt about the strength of feeling,” said parish council chairman Coun Paul Entwistle. “The whole community was against the proposal to bring lorries through here.”

Villagers have put their feelings in a strong letter of objection and that was delivered to County Hall today - the deadline for the public to give their views on Cuadrilla’s amended planning application for the proposed drilling site at Roseacre Wood, near Wharles.

They are concerned about a new route which takes heavy lorries near to their homes in a circular journey. Originally it was envisaged wagons would go to and from the site via country lanes between Wharles and the A583 Blackpool Road at Clifton.

But after worries about the noise created by two-way traffic, Cuadrilla suggested vehicles could travel in a circular route from the M55 along the A6, turning left at Broughton village and past the villages of Woodplumpton and Catforth.

“Our objections are very much based on the route,” explained Coun Entwistle. “This is a rural area, there are schools along the route, we have horse riders, cyclists and walkers. We are not comfortable with this because of the disruption it would cause.

“It isn’t the case of there being just a couple of wagons a day, it would be a significant number.”

Cuadrilla has previously said they believe either route would not have any significant impacts on the rural highways.