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.
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.