Labour table motion against fracking in Pendle

The Labour Party in Pendle has urged the government not to grant fracking licences in the borough.

Wednesday, 12th October 2016, 11:34 am
Updated Tuesday, 25th October 2016, 8:52 pm
Reedley ward's Coun. Yasser Iqbal (right), pictured with Brierfield Town Council's Coun. Mohammed Hanif, will table a motion at a full meeting of Pendle Council urging the government to not grant fracking licences in the borough (s)

Reedley ward’s Coun. Yasser Iqbal has tabled a motion which will be heard at the full council meeting next Thursday after the decision by the government to allow fracking in Lancashire.

Last week, the Communities Secretary Sajid Javid MP overturned a Lancashire County Council decision which previously refused Cuadrilla to horizontally frack at a site in Little Plumpton near Preston, a move seen as a blow to democracy.

Mr Javid deferred making a decision at a second site at Roseacre Wood, also rejected by the county council.

The Labour motion reads: “Council notes with disappointment the decision by the Communities Secretary to ignore local democracy and grant a fracking licence in Lancashire.

“Council also notes the decision of the Conservative government to allow companies to apply for fracking in parts of Pendle namely Brierfield.

“Council resolves to:

“Write to the Prime Minister and the Communities Secretary to not proceed any further with plans to grant licences which allow fracking in Pendle.

“Write to Andrew Stephenson MP asking him to publicly speak against fracking.”

Pendle Council Leader, Coun. Mohammed Iqbal, said: “I am very concerned that the Conservative government is supporting fracking in Lancashire and they granted a licence last year for Burnley and Pendle.

“I know that people living in the top part of Brierfield and Reedley are very worried the effect of possible fracking will have on the area.

“I’m calling on our member of Parliament to stand up for the people of Reedley and join my campaign to stop any fracking in Reedley.”