‘Rate payers’ unite to fight fracking bid

New group Coun Mark Bamforth receives an invitation to join from anti-fracker Gayzer Frackman

New group Coun Mark Bamforth receives an invitation to join from anti-fracker Gayzer Frackman

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A new group which aims to warn Fylde councillors of the dangers of fracking has been set up.

Voice: The Ratepayers Alliance is hand delivering invites to all 49 members of the council, asking them to attend an informal presentation and a Q & A session to highlight the dangers of the controversial process.

The group was set up in the wake of a full meeting of the council, which saw a motion calling for a moratorium on fracking defeated.

Coun Mark Bamforth, who represents Lytham’s St John’s ward on the council, was the first to receive an invitation from anti-fracking campaigner Gayzer Frackman.

Coun Bamforth, who is supporting the meeting, said: “It’s mainly to give all councillors an insight into both sides really.

“With this scenario we need to know it’s 100 per cent safe.

“A lot of councillors have been reading up on it anyway and they’re really knowledgeable about the issue.

“Everybody needs to know the fors and againsts on both sides.”

Energy company Cuadrilla has applied for permission to drill test wells at Roseacre Wood and Preston New Road to see if it is possible to carry out the process, which involves injecting water and chemicals at high pressure into shale rock deep beneath the surface to release gas.

The invitation explains the aim of the meeting is to give evidence from peer reviewed reports and studies from USA, where fracking already takes place.


Mr Frackman, who legally changed his surname from Tarjanyi, said: “It’s a closed meeting just for the councillors and hopefully they’ll come along.

“It’s not a headhunting thing, it’s what we’ve wanted to do from day one.”

The meeting will be held at Lytham Cricket Club on Tuesday, August 19, from 7pm to 9pm.

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