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Gordon has been down to Preston New Road to reiterate his opposition to fracking - almost one year on after the Tory Government rode roughshod over the people of Lancashire and allow Cuadrilla to frack. Fracking_2.jpg

It’s the second time this year he has been down to the site talking with and listening to local residents, along with colleagues from both Blackpool and Fylde Labour Parties. He repeated the concerns about the costs of policing the site but this time he also heard worrying reports about the speeds of fracking delivery vehicles coming onsite and Cuadrilla breaching planning conditions set out by the council.

Speaking from Preston New Road, he said: “I am strongly opposed to fracking and I repeat what I said earlier in the year – it’s a disgrace that the Tory Government have rode roughshod over the original decision made by Lancashire County Council and ignored the wishes of local people who said no. I’ll continue to support the judicial review on this very issue with the results from the High Court expected soon.”

Gordon added: “I continue to be very concerned about the amount of money it is costing the police to facilitate Cuadrilla’s fracking. It is having a big impact on police resources and already stretched across Blackpool because of Tory cuts. I believe firmly that both the Home Office and Cuadrilla should be paying towards the costs of policing the site and not local residents. I have raised this with the Chief Constable Andy Rhodes and the Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire Clive Grunshaw.

“There are also the issues around the access and speed of fracking delivery vehicles to the site. This is not only a danger to the protesters but other drivers on the A583. This issue needs to be closely monitored by the police - we do not want a serious accident on what is a very busy road.”

Those who met with Gordon also spoke about their fears of possible contaminated water spillages from tankers and also had observed “slick” on land adjacent to the rig area where cows and other animals had been grazing.

 

Gordon visits fracking site to hear concerns of local people

Gordon has been down to Preston New Road to reiterate his opposition to fracking - almost one year on after the Tory Government rode roughshod over the people of Lancashire...

GM_PIC.jpgGordon has welcomed the decision by Blackpool Council to purchase Blackpool Airport from Bafour Beatty in a deal worth £4.25m.

It brings the airport into full public ownership for the first time in 13 years after it was sold to a private consortium in 2004.

Gordon told the Gazette: “The council is making a very important and strategic decision which should be welcomed.

“I have long felt that we need to secure the future of the airport as an aviation centre and that cannot be achieved if it passes into the hands of people who would simply be focused on housing or retail development.”

But he said that future commercial passenger flights would depend on air operators and people should not expect a swift return to holiday flights since the area’s lack of capacity to fill large jets had caused big losses in the past.

Gordonsaid: “The strategic fit which the council is saying is the key factor is absolutely right. The Enterprise Zone and the existing activities at the airport offer significant potential for development in the future given the commercial activities in Liverpool Bay with energy and other renewables.

“It absolutely has to be carefully maintained financially but the idea that it should be a central part of economic strategy locally is completely correct.”

He added that commercial flights could return if the Government would consider subsidies for regional airports to help with security and safety overheads.

 

Gordon welcomes decision by council to purchase Blackpool Airport

Gordon has welcomed the decision by Blackpool Council to purchase Blackpool Airport from Bafour Beatty in a deal worth £4.25m. It brings the airport into full public ownership for the...

Gordon is to hold one of his regular advice surgery this Friday (15th September).

This will take place from 3.00pm to around 4.30pm at his Constituency Office, 304 Highfield Road, Blackpool, FY4 3JX.

Appointments are required and can be made by either calling 01253 344143 or emailing gordonmarsdenmp@parliament.uk

Gordon's next Advice Surgery - Friday 15th September

Gordon is to hold one of his regular advice surgery this Friday (15th September). This will take place from 3.00pm to around 4.30pm at his Constituency Office, 304 Highfield Road,...

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