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Gordon meets with Fracking protesters to hear concerns - “Government and Cuadrilla should foot the Policing Bill”.

Gordon has met with those opposing fracking on the Fylde Coast at the Preston New Road site to show his support and hear their concerns. Fracking_3.jpg

He spoke with a number of local protesters and talked to them about the environmental and economical threats posed by fracking to the area, who told him they were being "ignored" by the Government.

Gordon said: "I wanted to go down to the site on Preston New Road to see for myself what was happening – there were lots of drivers beeping their support in opposition to what Cuadrilla are doing.

"It is completely wrong of the Government to ignore local democracy and the wishes of people in Lancashire by allowing Cuadrilla to frack despite the strong opposition to it. Local people said no and I hope the judicial review strongly consider this and the original decision made by the county council’s planning committee."

Gordon has also backed the calls made by Clive Grunshaw, Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, for the Government to meet the costs of policing the protests as it was them who overturned the Council’s original decision to refuse fracking on the Fylde.

He said: "It is absurd, on the back of the revelation that it is costing Lancashire Police £450,000 a month to cover Cuadrilla's operations, to expect local council tax payers, including Blackpool ones, to pick up the tab for Cuadrilla's fracking.

"Local Government Ministers should stop passing the buck - the Government caused this situation by overruling a local democratic decision, and they should meet the costs.

"There is also a long standing precedent that organisations whose activities demand a heavy or sustained police presence should contribute financially to the cost of the operation - football grounds on match days for instance. Cuadrilla should be contributing to the policing costs - and the Government and Lancashire Police should call on them to do so.

"Cuadrilla and their associates are spraying thousands of pounds around in PR activities frantically trying to persuade people of the value of their operations. They should be chipping in to relieve the costs to the police and to council taxpayers across Lancashire."

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commented 2017-04-08 10:15:10 +0100
Fracking is not the way forward . We need to look at what the people of the UK want. An that is cleaner air cleaner water an good crops.No to BIG OIL

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