Fylde Council poised to fight fracking

Battle: An anti-fracking protest camp set up near one of the proposed sites
Battle: An anti-fracking protest camp set up near one of the proposed sites
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Fylde Council is poised to object to fracking in the Lancashire countryside in a move welcomed by protesters.

The council’s development management committee has been recommended to object to Cuadrilla’s application to drill at Preston New Road at Westby and at Roseacre Wood.

The committee will meet today to discuss the officers’ recommendation.

But the final decision on Cuadrilla’s applications will be taken by Lancashire County Council later this year.

The recommendation by planning officers has been welcomed by the Preston New Road Action Group.

A spokesman said: “If the Fylde councillors vote against the applications that will be a huge step forward in our fight to protect our neighbourhood and the wider rural Fylde from the potential risks of fracking. “There are many more reasons we may object to shale drilling, but certainly we don’t want the health risks increasingly found in the USA.

“We don’t want either to have to endure for five or six years a combination of drilling noise, night-time lighting, noise, light and potentially toxic emissions from flaring, and we don’t want the high volumes of heavy goods vehicles traffic.”

A report to the committee said: “The proposed drilling operation would be in relatively close proximity to residential properties and the noise and disturbance from a 24 hour drilling operation would be significant. It is recommended that LCC be advised that this council objects.”

A Cuadrilla spokesman said they were “disappointed” with the recommendation and they will be at the meeting.