Make Frodsham and Helsby Frack Free Zones
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Dear Frodsham Town and Helsby Parish Council Members,
As you are aware, the local residents group 'Frack Free Frodsham and Helsby' have recently requested that you declare Frodsham and Helsby ‘frack-free zones’, in keeping with the declarations of other town and parish councils in the country. This request is made in response to the justified concerns of the majority of your constituents, as gauged in the survey of residents’ attitudes to fracking in Frodsham and Helsby conducted last September – 77.7% and 79.7% respectively are against fracking.
We appreciate that a planning application for Unconventional Gas Extraction may not fall within the boundary of Frodsham or Helsby themselves, however, the impact of a fracking well within the vicinity of Frodsham or Helsby, or indeed the many hundreds of wells that necessitate such a land-hungry industry, will be felt acutely by your constituents. Your community will not be immune to the considerable increase in traffic from HGV movements, the further reduction in air quality, industrialisation of the surrounding countryside, risk of water and land contamination, and the resulting effects on property prices and local businesses.
By making a statement of opposition to fracking you will be representing and supporting the majority of your constituents, as is your civic duty. To remain silent on this matter is contrary to your duty to constituents, and will only invite opportunism on the industry’s part. You are within your rights to make such a statement as you are not bound by pre-determination as is the case for those on the planning committee of the local authority. You have an opportunity to protect Frodsham and Helsby, and consequently the surrounding parishes. Once again we request, declare Frodsham and Helsby ‘frack-free zones’.
Frack Free Frodsham and Helsby
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