Fylde council votes against fracking

The local council in Fylde, Lancashire voted against approving planning applications for fracking at several sites this week. Gas company Cuadrilla Resources wants to extract shale gas at sites including Preston […]

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By Vicky Ellis

The local council in Fylde, Lancashire voted against approving planning applications for fracking at several sites this week.

Gas company Cuadrilla Resources wants to extract shale gas at sites including Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood.

The final decision will be made by Lancashire County Council.

At the hearing Fylde council hearing on Wednesday, Graham Daniels of Carr Bridge Park which is near to one of the sites told the Lancashire Evening Post: “I moved here eight years ago after retiring to an area whose attractions are its peace and tranquillity.

“The noise from this will destroy the environment. The overwhelming majority of residents do not want this.”

Plans were defended by Mark Smith of engineering consultants Arup, representing Cuadrilla at the hearing.

He said: “We believe our proposals fully accord with national policy. The benefits in our view clearly outweigh the environmental impact,” reported the local paper.