MP asks government to investigate fracking sentence judge who has family links to oil and gas industry

The government has been asked to investigate a judge who jailed three fracking protesters after the Mirror revealed his family links to the oil and gas industry.  Judge Robert Altham jailed Simon Blevins, 26, Richard Roberts, 36, and Richard Loizou, 31, over their demonstration at a Cuadrilla site in Little Plumpton, Lancashire.

Critics claimed the punishment was “manifestly excessive”.

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UPDATE ON ROSEACRE WOOD APPEAL

On the eve of fracking at Preston New Road I thought you would appreciate an update on the Roseacre Wood appeal. 
It looks like the Secretary of State will make his decision, on Cuadrilla’s appeal, early in the New Year. 
Apologies if I have already sent you. 

IMPORTANT

We have had an official statement from the Planning Inspectorate to say the Planning Inspector, Mr Melvyn Middleton, submitted his report, on the Roseacre Wood appeal, to the Secretary of State on 28th September 2018. A decision is likely early in the New Year.

This is currently the only other site in the UK where there is a live planning application to frack, up to four exploratory wells, for shale gas.

So far it has been rejected at every level from the majority of residents, seven affected parish and town councils, unanimously at every single stage by Fylde Borough and Lancashire County Councils, the Planning Inspector (after the first Public Inquiry), even the Secretary of State himself (although he was still minded to approve) and our two Conservative MP’s …….. yet still they are trying to force fracking on us!

With the first horizontal fracking about to start at Preston New Road (PNR), just a few miles from Roseacre, on Monday 15th October we need to up our game otherwise hundreds of communities will face the same threat.

We continue to offer our friends at PNR our full support at this difficult time. We will be there at the gates. There is also a national Climate Crisis rally at Maple Farm on 20th October starting at 12.00 (union rally at 11am) so please come along and stand with us in solidarity. Details of the event on Frack free Lancs FB page.

This is an extract from the Planning Inspectorate letter.

“I can confirm the Inspector’s report was submitted to the Secretary of State on 28 September 2018.

As the Secretary of State’s decision on this case is the conclusion of a ‘minded to allow’ process, there is no formal target for the decision. However the Secretary of State intends to determine it in line with the normal timescales for recovered appeals and call-ins, and hence intends to issue a decision early in the New Year.”

I am working on a press briefing and press statements, for whichever way it goes,  in the New Year. 
 
Kind regards
Barbara Richardson
Chair Roseacre Awareness Group
07918 106875