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Gordon hits out at Government's plans to undermine local communities on fracking

Gordon has hit out at the Tory Government over plans that would undermine local communities and take away decision powers from councils on fracking applications.Headshot.jpg

The Department for Environment and Climate Change have threatened to take decision making away from local authorities that take longer than 16 weeks, and Gordon said this was a “kick in the teeth” for people on the Fylde Coast.

Gordon, who strongly opposed the recently rejected fracking applications for Roseacre Woods and Little Plumpton, said: “The Government’s so called “guidance” is a cynical attempt to block the concerns of the community.

“This is a major issue for people living on the Fylde Coast and by the Government announcing it over the summer recess, it is underhand tactics from ministers and very disrespectful to the local communities, who have fought so hard to oppose it.”

Back in June, Gordon pressed David Cameron on the fracking applications in PMQs, where he pointed out the hypocrisy from the Prime Minister on the issue.

“It is completely hypocritical from a Government, which claims to champion localism. It is unfair and double standards to give communities a say on wind farms but not on fracking,” he explained. 

Gordon’s comments have also been echoed by Caroline Flint MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.

She added: “The Tories have consistently ignored genuine and legitimate concerns about shale gas extraction. Now they are going a step further by denying local communities a say in decisions about whether it should go ahead.

“In June they issued planning guidance giving local residents ‘the final say’ over wind farm applications. However, when it comes to shale gas, they are saying the Secretary of State should have ‘the final say’ and are clearly guilty of double-standards.”

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