Residents Action on Fylde Fracking

Don’t Frack Lancs – National Rally

Saturday 25 February, Maple Farm, Preston New Road, Plumpton PR4 3PE

11.00 am – 2.00 pm

 

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This is a peaceful, family centred rally aimed at showing the level of anti-fracking support for Preston New Road, where Cuadrilla are currently constructing their exploratory fracking site.

Please do come along – there will be information, well-known speakers, music, face painting and lots of cake!

If you’re arriving by car there is limited parking at Maple Farm; further spaces are available at World of Water a few yards down the road – please park at the rear and pease be respectful of other vehicles as this is an on-going business.

If you’re arriving by rail please note that, due to engineering works, there are no trains to Kirkham. Substitute buses are available to Kirkham station, from where you can catch a number 61 bus along Preston New Road – alight at Maple Farm. The number 61 is also available from Blackpool and Preston.

Stop Cuadrilla from breaking the rules on fracking

Fracking company Cuadrilla are itching to get drilling in Lancashire. They’ve already started work on site. All against the wishes of local people.

What makes this even worse is that they haven’t carried out all the water testing they are required to by new laws.

We’re repeatedly told our regulation will protect us from the risks of fracking. But Cuadrilla aren’t completing the year’s worth of water tests the law says they need to before they start the fracking process.

The Environment Agency, who help regulate fracking, can put the brakes on drilling in Lancashire until all the tests are completed by updating Cuadrilla’s fracking permit.

Cuadrilla’s permit from the Environment Agency has not been updated since these new rules became law.

Please ask the Environment Agency to insist Cuadrilla plays by the rules. Email the Environment Agency Chief Executive, Sir James Bevan, now. Please click here and send your automated message. Thank you.

Frack Free United launches to put fracking on the election agenda

Frack Free United, a new lobby group against the fracking industry, is being launched today (13 February 2017) and looks set to be a major player in the run up to County Council elections in May 2017.

Frack Free United is encouraging the public to visit our website to find out where the candidates seeking to represent them stand on fracking.

Our mission
To put Fracking on the election agenda and encourage debate on the issue in the corridors of power.

Frack Free United will encourage candidates to make their position on fracking clear by signing our Fracking Pledge.

We need to let the policy makers know we are all watching the actions of our politicians and how they respond to fracking at all levels of government.

As a grass roots election campaign from across the 14 counties affected by fracking, we are asking candidates of all parties to publicly oppose fracking in our communities and across the UK.

The FFU website says:

Communities across the country can stand up and vote for a frack free future. 2017 is the first opportunity to have your say. Thursday 4th May is the date of the local government elections in England, Wales and Scotland, including combined local authority and mayoral elections. The majority of areas under threat from fracking going to the polls in May, and it is clear that to stop fracking we have to change the minds of those in power, or change the people who make the decisions. This is your chance to do so.

Walk the No Fracking Way on 8th-12th March

A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY – 12 MARCH,  PRESTON NEW ROAD

The aim is to have a finish event at the PNR site around 3-4pm and then a gathering rally at Maple Farm ending around 5.00 pm

A band of Green Party members together with other anti-frackers will be walking some or all of  the 120 miles between the two approved Fracking sites in the North of England. The ‘No Fracking Way’!

nfw-screenshotStarting at Kirkby Misperton – the one Fracking Site approved in Yorkshire by the Conservative-Led North Yorkshire County Council – the No Fracking Way leads to the one approved Fracking site in Lancashire at Preston New Road, approved by the Conservative Government overruling the Local Planning Committee.

The walkers will carry soil from the Yorkshire site to the Lancashire site as a gesture of solidarity between the peoples of Yorkshire and Lancashire against Fracking.

Please join us – walk 120 yards or 120 miles to say No Fracking Way!

A Core Group of around 7  Green Party members will walk the whole route with many more encouraged to join us and attend rallies along the route. It will be difficult to accommodate and support many people along the full route which is why there’s a limit on the Core Group.

We shall be setting off from Kirby Misperton in North Yorkshire on Wednesday 8th of March and ending up at the Preston New Road site in Blackpool on Sunday the 12th of March.

Day 1 – Kirby Misperton to Easingwold

Day 2 – Easingwold to Harrogate

Day 3 – Harrogate to Silsden

Day 4 – Silsden to Longridge

Day 5 –  Longridge to Preston New Road/Blackpool

Total – 120 miles

The five day walk is to highlight the dangers of fracking to both our global and local environments. We will be drawing attention to the many alternatives to Fracking that can be used to provide a secure and sustainable energy future.

There will be car support available en route in case of emergencies and to carry small amounts of luggage e.g. sleeping bags

It will  be an average of 25 miles walking per day. Generally scenic/rural.    There is some off road walking on Day 3 and a long stretch of Lancaster canal on Day 5

There will be many opportunities for anti-frackers – Green Party members and others – to get involved over the 5 days. More details to follow!

A video is available providing further information.

 

PNR Solidarity Saturdays at Maple Farm

Now that Cuadrilla have invaded Preston New Road, people gather each day to delay their progress and receive huge support from passing motorists. Online too there is a wealth of support but not everyone can be at the demonstration each weekday 9am-3pm; so on Saturdays we are hosting get-togethers just down the road at Maple Farm (next door to World of Water Blackpool.)

Ths is an opportunity for passers-by, drivers who honk support, visitors, residents, Protectors and others to get together after the long week, enjoy refreshments from the Nanas and chat as a community about what we do to ensure we stop this site from ever reaching the fracking stage.

There will also be Frack Free Lancashire merchandise for sale, information sheets and plenty of people who can answer questions.

You can park either at Maple Farm or at the rear of World of Water. If travelling by train get off at Kirkham and get the 61 bus just outside the station – there’s a bus stop very close to Maple Farm on Preston New Road. If travelling by bus from Blackpool or Preston, you need to catch the number 61 and get off at Maple Farm.

We do hope you can join us – the first few have been very popular.

Preston New Road Rolling Roadside Protest

As you are aware Cuadrilla has started construction work at the Preston New Road site.

We currently have a presence at the site between 9.00 am and 3.30 pm each weekday and 9.00 am. We will only engage in peaceful and legal actions.

This is going to be a lengthy campaign and we need boots on the ground. Please do come along and give your support even if it’s just for half an hour. A Facebook page has been created to keep you up-to-date with events.

The number 61 bus from Preston/Blackpool travels along Preston New Road. The bus stops near Maple Farm- marked bus on right of map. Walk towards Ma Bakers Cafe/Waterworld –  it’s only a short walk to the site from there. If you’re coming by car (PR4 3PE) you should be able to park at Maple Farm or Waterworld/Ma Baker’s. Please remember that these are business; please treat them with consideration and respect. Please also note that parking is not allowed anywhere on Preston New Road.

If coming by train you need to get off at Kirkham. The Blackpool South and most of the Blackpool North trains (check before boarding) from Preston stop at Kirkham. From Blackpool all trains to Preston stop at Kirkham. From Kirkham Station catch the 61 bus (Blackpool) and follow the instructions above.

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Scroll down the posts below to see a day-by-day account of activity at the site, compiled by Tina Rothery.

Blackpool and Fylde Community Protection Camp

A Blackpool and Fylde Community Protection Camp has been set up at Dugdales Close, Blackpool FY4 5LU (near to B&Q which is located on Whitehills Retail Park, Preston New Road.

The camp needs warm clothing, firewood, pallets and food. If you can help please either take your goods directly to the camp or bring them along to our Solidarity Saturday events at Maple Farm and we will ensure that they are delivered.

The Camp has created a Facebook page.

 

Day 26 at Preston New Road

08:02:17

Another accident, this one caused by an abuse of Cuadrilla’s Road Traffic Management Plan.

The morning brought news that another pop up protest in Bolton at EA Yates (Cuadrilla’s main contractor) successfully stopped a number of lorries. It appears from reports that lorries were slow walked to the main highway, where unfortunately a photographer who had only just arrived, was arrested. he was since been released without charge.

At around 8.45am a cement mixer from a new supplier (Cemex) apparently entered the site from the east, having to make a right turn, not permitted in the Traffic Management Plan. Security, Police Liaison Officers and two vigilant protectors indicated that this was not permitted and as the lorry hesitated, a car stopped, and another crashed at speed into the back of it. Children were in both cars – all were taken to hospital and, thankfully, none were seriously injured. In the US, where they have been fracking for a number of years, spikes in road traffic accidents near fracking sites are well documented.

This was a serious breach of the traffic plan. We hope Lancashire County Council’s planning officers are taking note.

The cement company involved issued a statement suggesting that the delivery was a one off and in no way tied them to a contract – no ore deliveries from them then. Later there was some unnecessary police action that was upsetting. No work was carried out on the site all day. Miranda Cox provides a detailed overview of the day here.

Day 25 at Preston New Road

07:02:17

A successful early morning Protector action in St Anne’s at Moores Cement depot meant work was tediously slow on the site, with only one delivery made. It also meant another contractor pulled out!

Before 9am an email was sent from Moores in St Annes to Cuadrilla. Below is an extract:
“As you are aware the potestors have now moved to block our St Anne’s Depot, and we have been unable to move raw material in and concrete out to any of our customers this morning. I understand that this blockade will continue whilst we are supplying your contract at Preston New Road. In view of the drastic affect this is now having on the rest of my customers, we have no alternative but to cease supplies to the above site”.
Wonderful news of course but once again the day was soured by another road rage incident and a protector was knocked down. Thankfully, he wasn’t badly injured. You can read an accunt of today’s actions compiled by Miranda Cox here.

Day 24 at Preston New Road

06:02:17

A wonderful day! After a single delivery (slow-walked for nearly an hour) – there were NO more gravel trucks coming our way! We heard that Armstrongs had pulled out of supplying Cuadrilla. The message read, “We have made the decision at 1pm today to terminate all work at Little Plumpton with AE Yates and Cuadrilla.” David Armstrong.

The first domino has tumbled. The investors will be getting jumpy at this news. Tina Rothery’s account of the day is available here.

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