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Fylde anti-fracking protesters hold up shale gas drillers

The company which is set to frack for gas on a site off Preston New Road near Little Plumpton was held up for an hour by protesters.

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Cuadrilla workers preparing the site at Preston New Road for fracking

Church fracking claim sparks online war

An unholy row has blown up over claims that the Church of England has given its support to fracking.

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Artist's impression of the proposed Wyre tidal energy scheme.

Barrage plans to help revive port

The group behind Fleetwood’s ambitious £300m -plus tidal energy scheme has been given a massive boost by the Government - and it is believed the scheme can also help revive the port itself.

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Work at the Preston New Road fracking site

Frack watchdogs stage meeting

Residents living close to the Preston New Road shale gas drilling site can meet watchdogs and regulators at an informal meeting next month.

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A truck delivering portable cabins to the fracking site at Preston New Road

New row over Fylde fracking road block

Anti-fracking campaigners have vowed to keep a close eye on a gas drill site on the Fylde saying they will report any breaches of planning conditions.

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Lytham Hall

Hall delight at cash grant hope

Lytham Hall is bidding to bag another bumper cash boost from a supermarket giant’s funding scheme.

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An artists impression of the Wyre  barrage

Government’s tidal report opens door for Wyre plan

Bosses behind a £340m tidal barrage scheme on the River Wyre have welcomed a new report backing such schemes.

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Coun Tony Ford and Coun Carol Lanyon with St Annes In Bloom volunteers collecting discarded Christmas trees

Tree-mendous appeal response

Volunteers have been swamped with requests from residents for their Christmas trees to be collected and used to help protect the sand dunes in St Annes.

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How the Swansea Bay barrage might look

Government gives hope to barrage backers

Bosses behind a £340m tidal barrage scheme on the River Wyre have welcomed a new report backing such schemes.

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Andy Pickard

Fylde firms urged to join University in energy project

Lancaster University is launching a £7.1m low-carbon research and development programme to support small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in Lancashire, Cumbria, Cheshire and Liverpool.

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Protect Wyre Group chairman Ian Mulroy, Fleetwood Civic Society chairman Margaret Daniels and Coun Lorraine Beavers

Protest group calls it a day

A campaign group which fought a tireless battle to prevent a gas storage facility being granted has decided to wind down its activities.

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Fracking protesters hold up a lorry on Preston New Road

Warning over four-hour road closure after anti-fracking protest

Police have warned anti-fracking protesters they face arrest if there is a repeat of yesterday’s actions which saw one of Fylde’s busiest roads partially closed for four hours.

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Preston New Road is currentlyclosedafter demonstrators took to the streets

Major road closed due to fracking protest

Drivers travelling from Blackpool to Preston are suffering delays this morning (11 January) after a major road was closed for a fracking protest.
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Fracking protest at Preston New Road

Fracking protesters vow to carry on roadside vigil

It has become the latest battleground – but protesters have vowed they will not be moved at a fracking site on the Fylde come what may.

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The beach around Rossall Point observation Tower, where Fleetwood's Coastwatch team have been told about sabotaged dog toys.

Dog toy fears on Fleetwood’s beaches

Dog walkers in Fleetwood are being urged to be vigilant after reports that a malicious saboteur appears to be deliberately leaving fish hooks in dog toys in a horrific attempt to maim the animals.

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VIDEO: Anti-fracking protesters claim ‘thuggish’ guards almost pushed them into the road

Anti-fracking protesters have claimed security guards at a Fylde drill site have behaved in a “thuggish” manner.

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Activists stage a 'slow walk' protest in front of a lorry at the fracking site at Preston new Road, Little Plumpton, where work has begun to prepare the site for shale gas drilling.

‘Slow walk’ protest at fracking site

Anti-fracking activists staged a ‘slow walk’ in front of a lorry at a county shale gas drilling site.

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Protesters gather opposite the Preston New Road fracking site as Cuadrilla begins to prepare the ground for its first fracking operation since the earth tremors in 2011

Work starts on Fylde shale gas drilling pad

Shale gas exploration company Cuadrilla has moved quickly to start ground preparation work on a Fylde site earmarked for fracking.

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Blackpool Civic Trust members are working on the Turkish Baths in the Imperial Hotel.  Pictured is John Garnham.

Heritage gem uncovered at The Imperial

Painstakingly scraping away layers of solid plaster more than an inch thick is not for the faint-hearted.

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