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PUBLIC INQUIRY Day 9 Closing Statements

Key points from Day 9

  • Cuadrilla propose that the Blue Route may be suspended during harvest due to agricultural vehicles on Dagger Road
  • Parties agree that there is insufficient forward visibility at five passing places, three on the Green route and two on the Blue route
  • Cuadrilla have offered £100,000 for road maintenance and repair, and have mentioned a further fund to compensate landowners for any damage to hedges caused by road works
  • Roseacre Awareness Group (RAG) and Lancashire County Council (“the council”)  argue that the appeal should be rejected if any one of the routes is found to be unacceptable.  Cudrilla believe that the development could go ahead with two routes approved and one rejected.
  • The council and RAG agree that all the routes are unsafe and unsuitable
  • RAG claim there will need to be “inch perfect” maneouvres in some places for HGVs to pass each other safely
  • RAG describe the proposal to bring up to 9 convoys of vehicles in to the site overnight during its 6 year life as unacceptable
  • The Council claim that proposals for 39 passing places show the routes are unsuitable
  • The Council criticise proposals submitted in principle, rather than detailed technical information, with changes being made at a very late stage
  • The Council express concern that the Traffic Management Plan may be revised and not adhered to (as at Preston New Road)
  • Cuadrilla argue that the proposals should only be rejected if there was evidence that there was likely to be a large numeric increase in accidents involving personal injury, or in the likely severity of those accidents.
  • Cuadrilla dismisses evidence from RAG’s transport witness as “flawed”
  • Cuadrilla state that if the MoD site at Inskip becomes unavailable for more than 5 consecutive working days (thereby closing the blue and red routes), deliveries to the site will have to cease.
  • Cuadrilla believe there is no evidential basis for finding there is a severe impact on highway safety

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PUBLIC INQUIRY Day 8

Today’s session, at Blackpool Football Club, will hear from the last witness, Tom Hastey, the traffic safety witness for Roseacre Awareness Group. The group opposes Cuadrilla’s  revised plans to manage lorry deliveries to the site. The plans include two additional lorry routes, 39 passing places and new traffic signals.

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What’s happening this week? 24-29 April 2018

In this week’s listings:

  • Opening of public inquiry into INEOS shale gas plans for Harthill
  • Continuing public inquiry into Cuadrilla’s drilling and fracking scheme at Roseacre Wood
  • No Faith in Fracking Week
  • West Sussex County Council meeting on Angus Energy site at Lidsey
  • Scheduled publication day for latest government survey on attitudes to fracking.

WITH THANKS TO DRILL OR DROP

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PUBLIC INQUIRY DAY 7 – More Public Statements

Key points from public statements

  • The A585/Thistleton Road junction – to be used by the Red and Green Routes – is already congested
  • The Inskip defence site – to be used by the Red and Blue Routes – has a height restriction which could block Cuadrilla lorries
  • Horse riders, who regularly use the proposed lorry routes in the absence of local bridleways, predict hazards and accidents
  • Roads around Roseacre Wood would be “challenging” in an emergency evacuation
  • Cuadrilla has made “an inappropriate assumption” that it will be able to dispose of surface water onsite
  • Local roads are inherently unsafe because they are narrow, winding, with high hedges, narrow verges, heavily used for leisure and in poor condition
  • Some proposed passing places are on private property or could block access to homes
  • The proposed use of verges would remove refuses for pedestrians and horse riders
  • There is uncertainty about the volume of flowback fluid and so uncertainty about the number of lorries
  • The proposed lorry routes appear to be “a theoretical exercise” that will inconvenience more people
  • Local roads see unpredictable weather conditions
  • Cuadrilla accused to unrepresentative survey of pedestrians and horse riders and of “a reckless disregard for public safety”
  • The large number of passing places “proves the routes are unacceptable”
  • The use of the proposed routes by Cuadrilla HGVs will affect nearby towns and villages
  • Representatives of three local councils reject all three routes
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INQUIRY Day 6

Check here for key points from today’s hearing

  • Evidence from Roseacre Awareness Group  highways expert
    • The absence of personal accidents does not mean a route is safe or suitable
    • Proposed traffic routes are ” inherently not safe and suitable”
    • Proposed passing places and traffic signals will make things worse for pedestrians and cyclists
    • No guarantee that Cuadrilla will use all three traffic routes
    • Good driver behaviour or education can’t be relied on
    • Cuadrilla is responsible for collecting traffic data – not RAG

 

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INQUIRY Day 5

Check here for key points from today’s hearing

  • Weeks of peak traffic flow to Roseacre Wood scheme have risen from 12 to 18 weeks since the 2016 inquiry 
  • Roads around Roseacre Wood are not suitable for Cuadrilla heavy goods vehicles, Lancashire’s traffic expert says
  • 90% of respondents to a Roseacre Awareness Group survey were concerned about Cuadrilla’s plans
  • Lancashire County Council says proposed driving training for Cuadrilla lorry drivers could make things worse
  • Lancashire County Council concedes some passing places have enough visibility but maintains its position that some are inadequate
  • Cuadrilla says many roads on the lorry routes are wide enough for HGVs to pass if they use the verge
  • Lancashire County Council says the use of verges should not be promoted – they are for drainage and refuges for pedestrians and cyclists
  • Cuadrilla says the inquiry is about highway safety only. Lancashire’s traffic witness says it is also about suitability of the route
  • Lancashire County Council’s traffic witness says he has never seen horse riders on any of the three proposed routes 
  • Roseacre Awareness Group says Cuadrilla under-represented vulnerable road users in its traffic counts
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