Residents Action on Fylde Fracking

Stop Barclays Funding Fracking! Lytham, 25 October 10.00 – 11.00 am

Barclays Bank owns Third Energy, a company which is planning to undergo fracking in Ryesdale, North Yorkshire. We want as many people as possible to show up, sign our petition, and write a letter to the bank manager and/or your local MP.

This is a peaceful and legal action. We will gather outside Barclay’s Bank in Lytham to inform the public and get signatures.

Anti-Fracking rally, Manchester, 12 November

There is going to be a national march/rally against fracking in Manchester city centre on Saturday 12th November. Plans are well under way and more details will emerge but it is vitally important we get as
many people to attend as possible.

Supported by the TUC, the United Against Fracking rally will consist of a march, guest speakers, music and much more.Excting plans are well under way and more details on speakers, sponsors and organisations taking part will emerge daily, but it is vitally important we get as many people to this march as possible.

Please bear with us as we update this event as soon as we receive confirmations and further information.

We need to show the government and oil and gas industry just how strong the opposition is against fracking in our wonderful countryside.

Groups from all over the country including Scotland, Wales and Ireland will also be joining us.

This is going to be big!

COACHES will be leaving from: Blackpool North Railway Station and Preston Holiday Inn at 9.00 am, dropping off at Piccadilly Gardens (Rally Start). Pick up times will be between 4.00 – 5.00 pm (dependent on finish time) from Manchester Cathedral Gardens (Rally Finish). Price is just £5.00 per head. To book your place please e-mail with you name and contact details. NB Spaces are limited so please book early. Your booking will be confirmed by e-mail. Fares will be collected on the coach

Please try and come along and make a day of it: this is family-friendly fun! United Against Fracking is probably the most important event we have held to date. So please save the date and ask friends, family, neighbours if they will come and support us.

Hashtag #UnitedAgainstFracking

Community group challenges Government’s fracking decision

Preston New Road Action Group (PNRAG) has begun legal action against the Government in relation to its decision to grant permission for fracking in Lancashire.

The Group, represented by law firm Leigh Day, have written to the Secretary of State for Local Government to argue that his decision to overrule Lancashire County Council’s refusal of planning permission for fracking in Fylde, Lancashire, is unlawful.

The decision by Government to allow fracking in Lancashire is the second such licence to be granted in the UK. The first was in relation to a site in Ryedale, North Yorkshire in May 2016.

Leigh Day are representing the claimants challenging the decisions in both cases.

Lawyers for the Lancashire group argue that the decision is fundamentally flawed in its misapplication of planning laws and policy.

It is also claimed that the Government did not properly consider the disproportionate effect that fracking on the site would have on vulnerable residents such as the elderly and school children nearby.

On 29 June 2015, the Council refused planning permission to Cuadrilla Bowland Limited to use a site off Preston New Road for fracking. However, the company appealed this decision and their appeal was controversially upheld by the Secretary of State on 6 October 2016.

The letter before action from Leigh Day requests that the Government reconsiders its decision.

If the government refuses then the group will consider bringing a statutory challenge under section 288 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 against the decision.

A spokesperson from Preston New Road Action Group said: “PNR Action Group are appalled at the decision of the Secretary of State to overturn  local planning decisions in this manner. It was clear at a local level this application was rejected by both the Planning Committee and local residents. There is no social licence to frack Preston New Road.

“The dismantling of local democracy to facilitate this industry is a travesty of justice and begs the question of whether democracy exists any more at a local level. This decision by Westminster is troubling on a number of fronts.

“Lancashire said ‘no’ loudly and clearly and in line with local planning policies, that decision should stand.”

Rowan Smith, of law firm Leigh Day, said: “We believe that the Government’s decision to overturn the Council’s refusal of planning permission to allow fracking on the site is fundamentally flawed.

“The decision appears to have been taken in breach of the Council’s development plan, which restricts these types of developments, as well as contrary to the correct planning law tests.

“We will also argue on behalf of our clients that to allow fracking on this site would have an adverse affect on the health of local people and would ruin the much-loved local landscape.”

Leigh Day is also representing Frack Free Ryedale and Friends of the Earth in their legal challenge of the decision by North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) to allow fracking in Ryedale near the North Yorks Moors National Park.

An application for a judicial review of the decision has been made to the High Court, and the case will be heard at the Royal Courts of Justice on 22-23 November 2016, following the court’s permission to allow the claimants to rely on further evidence about the potential impact of fracking on climate change

Tina’s court case adjourned due to safety reasons


Tina has posted the following message on Facebook:

People HAVE got the power… and the people ONLINE created SUCH a fuss that I just walked in the door and received the following letter… CANCELLING my court appearance on Wednesday in Blackpool !!!
It may not be over and just a pause or perhaps… who knows but the words say this:
[Upon the court considering the safety and security issues which may arise at the hearing of 19th October 2016 and being advised that the Court at Blackpool may not be an appropriate venue IT IS ORDERED THAT:
The hearing listed on 19 October 2016 be adjourned to a date to be fixed at a venue to be fixed. Dated 13 October 2016]
That’s all – so although not necessarily out of the woods, certainly the power of people sharing and planning to attend has forced the court to halt this… for now. I could not be more grateful and relieved that prison is not this week – thank you
*Biggest thanks to George Brown for creating events like I am Tina Too as well as In Style at Styal that raised awareness of the abuse of justice and intimidation of an activist – designed to deter others and not to really apply true justice or law xxx

Tina was due to appear in court on 19 October at the Law Courts Chapel Street Blackpool Lancashire FY1 5R.

Believing that she was appearing in court next week Tina said:

“This is the day when I go before the judge and explain why I am not cooperating with their request to fill in forms. I chose during my last appearance to refuse to interact with what I see as an abuse of our system of justice. This is about deterring activists and making examples.

“The original case back in 2014 was because we (tidily) occupied a field for a set 3-week duration to raise awareness amongst the community – of just how close this proposed fracking field was to their homes, businesses and schools. Through the landowner, Cuadrilla had us ‘evicted’ on the day AFTER we left. They were aware we’d gone as we filmed a fingertip search of the field and alerted police, media, Cuadrilla and landowner that we’d gone.The cost of the eviction-that-never-happened is £55,000+ …solely in legal fees.

“So this is not even about the activism – it is now about court rules of engagement – and the expectation/insistance that I comply or face prison for 14 days. My options are to pay/ to sort a payment plan/ to declare bankruptcy OR to stick with my moral core that says – THIS is not about law or justice… it’s about the ones with the power, money and expensive lawyers, using our laws against us in court. It is impossible for anyone up against the powerful to be able to afford justice.

“Cuadrilla say this is nothing to do with them now as it is my fight with the court over its ruling… but there would never have been court had the fracking company not lied its way into our community, manhandled ‘democracy’ and put our wellbeing and children at grave risk.

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Upcoming events

A couple of dates for your diary: further information will be made available shortly.

  • 25 October, Lytham – action against Barclays Bank, owner of Third Energy, who have just been given the green light to frack in Ryedale, North Yorkshire.
  • 3 November, 6.30 -9.30 – UNITE the Union-sponsored anti-fracking conference. Venue: Creativity Works, 33 Shepherd Street, Preston, PR1 3UE.
  • 12 November – National march and rally in Manchester City Centre.  We expect this event to be attended by groups from all over the UK.

Fracking to go ahead at Preston New Road: Roseacre dismissed pending further information on traffic

Preston New Road has been overturned for both monitoring and exploration; Roseacre has been refused for exploratory development but not for monitoring. However, the Secretary of State is reserving himself on the entire judgement for Roseacre pending further information from Cuadrilla on highways

RAFF’s response to today’s announcement – Disgust

We offer our heartfelt sympathies to the residents of Fylde, especially to those people living close to the Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood communities. They have suffered months of mental and physical stresses, which have impacted on their health and well being. They have also incurred considerable financial strain. What was once a rural community will now become an industrialised zones.

While we are delighted to hear that fracking may not go ahead at Roseacre we are very disappointed that it will now go ahead at PNR, despite the overwhelming evidence of harm. Rosecare is not out of the woods. The Secretary of State is reserving himself on an entire judgement for RAG pending further information from Cuadrilla on highways. Disgracefully, this decision rests on the effects of traffic and not on those of health and the environment.

We will continue to fight this dirty, unwanted and unneeded industry. There were over 18,000 objections and only 200 in support. More and more communities are speaking out up and down the country, and there are now more than 500 community groups opposed to fracking, with more being set up every week. Together we need to stop this industry getting a foothold if we are to ensure the long-term future of our planet.

Overall we are disgusted at Sajid Javid’s decision:

Disgusted that the democratic process has been over-ruled. Despite posturing about localism, the government has ridden rough shod over our local parish, borough and county councils who all said NO to fracking at both sites.

Disgusted that permission has been granted for a green field site that is highly unsuitable. This decision will give the green light for the shale gas industry to take off. For fracking to be economically viable, hundreds of pads and thousands of wells will need to be established, many of them in the North of England.

Disgusted that the government has ignored the hundreds of academic, peer reviewed research papers from the likes of DEFRA, MEDACT, NY Health Professionals, all of which prove that fracking is bad for public health.

Disgusted that the government is locking us into a twentieth century fossil fuel programme when we should be keeping fossil fuels in the ground and investing in green energy.

Disgusted that in her maiden speech Theresa May said: “We will do everything we can to give you more control over your lives. When we take the big calls, we’ll think not of the powerful, but you.” No PM you are helping the powerful here – the energy companies, not the residents. You have taken control away from us and our councils and given it to big business.

Disgusted that David Cameron signed us up to the Paris agreement, saying, “We should be taking action against climate change today” but the government is happy to give permission for a new fossil fuel industry to go ahead. How does that work? Shale gas extraction releases methane, a far more potent greenhouse gas than carbon.

Disgusted that despite there being no social licence for fracking to go ahead in the Fylde, the government has said yes. The people have spoken and they said No.

Disgusted that Fylde residents are being used as guinea pigs for the rest of the country.

Disgusted that huge subsidies are given out to the shale gas industry while those given to renewables have been cut time and again.

Disgusted that Sajid Javid hasn’t even had the decency to visit either of the two sites to discover for himself just how unsuitable these two rural locations are.

Riding Roughshod Over Democracy: sign the petition!

It’s make-or-break week for UK frackers. The government could give a green light to fracking in Lancashire – overriding the community and the local council. [1] This will open a dangerous door for future UK fracking sites – whether people want them or not.

Sajid Javid – the MP responsible for the decision – is due to make an announcement on Thursday. Today, dirty energy bosses have said they’re confident he’ll rule in their favour. [2] If they’re right – it’s an insult to local democracy.

Let’s make sure that Sajid Javid knows that we won’t stand for his riding roughshod over local people. Can you sign the petition demanding he stands by Lancashire council’s decision and says no to fracking?

Fracking is a dangerous way of getting oil and gas out of the ground. It could poison our water and produce a huge amount of toxic waste. [3] All over the country, people have been campaigning to protect their communities from the drills of dirty energy companies. [4]

Dirty energy company Cuadrilla has been fighting to frack Lancashire for years. They’ve been blocked at every level; by the residents, by the Parish Council, the Borough Council and by the County Council.

Having all this overturned by one man in Westminster flies in the face of local decision making. And could create a domino effect of other councils feeling unable to say no to fracking. [5]

When we work together, we’re stronger. Greenpeace supporters, Friends of the Earth members and thousands of grassroots campaigners are all standing hand-in-hand against these plans. [6] It’s a truly people-powered effort. Will you join us and let the government know they can’t get away with this?

Thanks for being involved,

Maddy, Emily, Kathryn and the 38 Degrees team.

[1] The Guardian: Cuadrilla to appeal against fracking refusal by Lancashire county council:
[2] The Telegraph: Cuadrilla boss ‘confident’ of fracking go-ahead as crucial decision looms:
[3] The Guardian: Scientists find fracking contaminated Wyoming water after EPA halted study:
BBC: What is fracking and why is it controversial?:
[4] BBC: Council blocks Little Plumpton fracking application:
[5] A leaked letter signed by three ministers revealed that ministers want to designate fracking wells as “nationally significant infrastructure projects”, which would take planning decisions out of the hands of local authorities, to be made by planning officials instead.
The Guardian: UK ministers make it ‘top priority’ to ensure nature laws do not hamper fracking:
[6] Greenpeace: Fracking: Don’t Silence Us:
Friends of the Earth: Fracking in the UK:

An open letter to Queen Elizabeth, Part 2

This is the second of two press releases aimed at her Royal Highness, The Queen, inviting her to meet with the Nanas for afternoon tea at the Victoria Memorial.

* The Grandmother Elizabeth,

* Please note that we address you in this way, out of respect for what we consider to be your noblest role and highest obligation: to protect the young.

We recently contacted you about the plight of Lancashire residents who have used every democratic channel available to them in the fight to stop fracking coming to their communities. If you recall, our elected county councillors refused planning permission for two fracking sites in rural Fylde: Cuadrilla then appealed and the decision will now be made by the Secretary of State very soon. We appealed to you as our last democratic resource and asked you, ‘What would you do Ma’am?’.

We understand how busy you are and so we thought we’d make it easier for you to meet with us by holding a tea party at the ‘Grandmother’s Memorial’ outside Buckingham Palace. Like you, many of the Nanas are grandmothers, and are concerned for the future health and safety of their children and grandchildren should fracking go ahead. As well as being such a fitting memorial to a Queen and Grandmother, we believe that the symbolism of the Victoria Memorial represents mothers and grandmothers everywhere, who are fighting for their children’s futures.

The monument represents Peace, Agriculture, Progress and Manufacture. Ours is an entirely peaceful movement; we need agricultural land for food production rather than fracking; to frack for fossil fuels is a retrospective step and we want to see progress in renewable energy, an industry that could revitalise Lancashire’s proud manufacturing base. Also represented are Truth and Justice. We have been researching the truth about the shale gas industry for five years and have found it to be a dirty industry with far-reaching effects on health, the environment and the well-being of communities wherever it has been undertaken.

Our local councils, from parish to borough to county, have all said ‘No’ to fracking. Yet, the government will more than likely say ‘Yes’. Where is the justice in that Ma’am? To us, justice would be a ban on fracking in the UK and as we have proven that our voices are not heard in our democracy, we are beseeching you to call for the ban.

Like you, we take our obligations very seriously and so cannot stop our course of action; we are standing between a dangerous industry and our children and it would be impossible for us to step aside and open them up to a risk like this.

We would dearly like you to consider our plight and if you can, accept the report we have left for you. It is The Human Dimensions of Shale Gas Developments in Lancashire by Dr Anna Szolucha and it will tell you something of the impact this industry is already having on citizens here in the UK, even before it gets a foothold.

Of course, on the very top of your Great Grandmother’s memorial is a bronze Winged Victory. How appropriate. Nothing less than Victory would be acceptable because we will not allow fracking to destroy our communities. As a mother and grandmother, please help us secure this victory by supporting us and ensuring a healthy future for all of our children and grandchildren.

We’ll be outside on 27 September 2016 from 2pm for a tea party and invite you to join us or send a message, although most will go home later in the day, some of us will linger for longer in case you get the chance to meet with us.

Yours faithfully,

Tina Rothery, on behalf of the Nanas & Residents from Lancashire


Notes to Editors:

For further information, please contact:


Claire Stephenson

Frack Free Lancashire Press Contact

(07929) 969664


Tina Rothery


(07494) 708515


Julie Daniels


(07533) 003133

Lancashire residents appeal to Queen and ask her ‘What would you do Ma’am?’

Lancashire residents and Nanas have sent an open letter to Her Majesty, The Queen, as a fellow mother and grandmother and asked her, ‘What would you do Ma’am?’ The letter has also been sent out as a press release.

The letter has also been sent by post to Buckingham Palace. This press release is part one of a two-part action that will culminate in a peaceful presence at Buckingham Palace on 27th September 2016.


PRESS RELEASE                         19th September 2016

Your Royal Highness,

An important note before you read on: I am writing this as a fellow grandmother and would ask that you consider my question from your obligation to defend your young and with your heart, rather than your crown.

We are a group of UK citizens who feel increasingly shut out of the decision that is soon to be made on shale gas extraction in Lancashire. It is a basic tenet of democracy that power should remain as close as possible to the people and not be concentrated in the hands of a few.

We have seen democracy in action in Lancashire, where the people said ‘No’ to fracking and both their borough and county councils agreed with them, and in their turn said ‘No’ to Cuadrilla’s planning applications to frack two sites in rural Fylde, Lancashire [1].

Cuadrilla appealed and a public inquiry was held earlier this year at which we – the residents – spent weeks giving evidence. The planning inspector’s report has subsequently been submitted to Sajid Javid MP, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, who will make a decision at the beginning of October.

The decision to refuse planning permission for fracking in Lancashire was local democracy in action. However, the government’s support for shale means that the power has been passed from Lancashire’s elected representatives to the hands of a few, who are interested in aiding the interests of big business, rather than the interests and health of the residents of Lancashire [2].

This is not democracy.

During the last five years we have spent a considerable amount of time, energy and money pursuing every democratic opening available to us. We have:

  • Held public meetings to gauge opinion & share information ☑
  • Helped create groups to discuss the hundreds of peer-reviewed studies ☑
  • Provided residents’ feedback to councillors ☑
  • Engaged with and provided MPs with feedback on residents’ concerns about the effects of fracking so close to residential areas ☑
  • Engaged with government ministers over residents’ concerns ☑
  • Attended industry information events in order to discover/understand their plans and what they might mean for residents ☑
  • Created petitions and obtained thousands of signatures which were delivered to County Halls and Downing Street ☑
  • Organised and attended peaceful demonstrations locally and nationally ☑
  • Took peaceful, direct and non-violent direct action  ☑
  • Co-operated with NGOs to put pressure on central government ☑
  • Given evidence at the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee on the Economic Impact on UK Energy Policy of Shale Gas and Oil ☑
  • Attended and gave evidence at Lancashire County Council Development and Control meetings on planning        ☑
  • Attended and gave evidence at the weeks long Public Inquiry ☑
  • Contacted Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with an invitation to visit proposed sites and meet residents (not accepted) ☑
  • Sought help from our Monarch (this action) ☑


We have exhausted every democratic channel. We are desperate.

What would you do, Ma’am?


Yours sincerely,
Tina Rothery, on behalf of the Nanas & Residents from Lancashire



For immediate release.

Notes to Editors:

  1. Fracking plans rejected: Lancashire council throws out Cuadrilla proposal
  1. Minister says he will have final say on Lancashire fracking plans

For further information, please contact:


Claire Stephenson

Frack Free Lancashire Press Contact

(07929) 969664


Tina Rothery


(07494) 708515


Julie Daniels


(07533) 003133

Social impacts report now available to download

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The first peer reviewed report on the social impacts of fracking has been launched please see post below. The report, by Dr Anna Szolucha, looks at the impact of shale gas extraction on communities in Lancashire.

The report, The Human Dimension of Shale Gas Developments in Lancashire, UK, can be downloaded here


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