A RAFF follower has just sent us this message she received from Babs Murphy. Miss Babs is chief executive of the North & Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of both the North West Energy Task Force and the business group Lancashire for Shale. You could say she is a firm supporter of shale gas. Those of you who attended the Public Inquiry in Blackpool, last year, will remember her poor (nay appalling) performance and even poorer lack of knowledge.
Presumably this message, which is full of mis-information, has been sent out by the Chamber to all of its members. As well as containing statements which are untrue, she pleads with her members to write to Clive Grunshaw the Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner to ask him to “empower our local Police to use all legal options available to them to enforce the law”.
Once again the pro-fracking lobby is peddling half-truths, lies and fantasy; it shows just how desperate they are getting. If you feel compelled to give her some feedback giver her a ring on 01772 653000.
The following is the full text of email sent out out by the Chamber:
We have been contacted by a number of businesses in relation to the disruption that is being caused by protestors on the A583, near Little Plumpton. Yet again, today we’ve seen the A583 closed all day due to activists deliberately “locking-on” across a major public highway.
The last five weeks have seen six complete road closures and at least nine contraflows caused protestors occupying the main carriageway. Blue light ambulances have been redirected and a funeral cortege had to be re-routed at one point. Local residents are not getting to work on time, tourists have had their holidays affected and local businesses are losing vital custom.
The police are doing a superb job in very difficult circumstances balancing the rights to peaceful protest with the rights of residents and business-owners to go about their normal business and earn a living. However, the escalation of these disruptive tactics means that more robust action is needed now to keep the public highway open.
If, like many local businesses, you feel strongly about this, I urge you to write to Clive Grunshaw the Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner to ask him to empower our local Police to use all legal options available to them to enforce the law and keep this important road open. Please tell him how you, your families and your businesses have been impacted.
Clive can be contacted at: