Events

PNR Solidarity Saturdays

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 a get-together nearby the site … 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, information sheets and plenty of people who can answer questions. You can park either here or at World of Water and Preston New Road is on the bus route (number 61 between Blackpool & Preston.

We do hope you can join us.

Actions at the Preston New Road site

 

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

We are planning to have a presence at the site between 9.00 am and 3.30 pm each weekday and 9.00 am and 12.30 pm Saturdays. 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.

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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The Blackpool Greenpeace Facebook page is maintaining an up-to-date list of events relating to actions.

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

Opportunity to grill regulatory bodies about fracking at Preston New Road

Staff from five of the major organisations that are responsible for regulating and/or advising on shale gas extraction in England and Wales have organised a drop-in event to answer questions about Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road fracking site.

The organisations are:

  • Environment Agency,
  • Health and Safety Executive
  • Oil and Gas Authority
  • Public Health England
  • Lancashire County Council.

The event is on Wednesday 1 February 2017, from 2.00 pm-  7.00 pm at Wrea Green Institute, Station Road, Wrea Green, Preston, PR4 2PH.

Day 1: Roadside Protest, Preston New Road, Friday 6 January, 13.00 – 15.00

Fracking firm Cuadrilla has started prep work at its Lancashire site on Preston New Road.Workers have begun to ready the area for drilling – despite the fact there are still two legal challenges to their work, and despite thousands of local people still objecting to their plans.Though fracking hasn’t started yet, it seems clear that in 2017 our movement will need to work harder than ever to keep the fracking industry at bay.We will be launching a Peaceful Roadside Protest down at Preston New Road from 1pm on Friday 6th January 2017 to make Cuadrilla and their supporters aware that we have not given up the fight.

Please bring banners, posters instruments etc to make ourselves seen and heard.

Meeting at Westby Road and walking towards the fracking site.

This is for all groups and individuals. If you are anti fracking at all please come down and show your support.

Do you want to hold an event?

RAFF has spoken at lots of events throughout the UK, including the House of Lords. We’ve also organised many public meetings for residents around Lancashire and have worked with Frack Off and Friends of the Earth in setting up local groups. We have over four years of experience in fighting fracking and are happy to share this experience, wherever you are based.

If you would like RAFF to host a public information meeting in your community, please get in touch raffgroup@hotmail.co.uk.