Final chance for a say on gas storage

The Preesall site where Halite plans to build the gas storage plant and (below) Howard Phillips who urges locals to turn up tonight.

The Preesall site where Halite plans to build the gas storage plant and (below) Howard Phillips who urges locals to turn up tonight.

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Have your say

CONCERNED residents are being given the chance to express their views on a controversial gas storage plan.

Campaigners from the Protect Wyre Group will be given their first and last chance to address the Planning Inspectorate about the scheme for an underground storage facility before it is decided.

Howard Phillips

Howard Phillips

Halite energy hopes to construct the UK’s largest gas site in Preesall, if it is given the green light at the end of the six-month planning 
hearing.

The first session, at Fleetwood’s Marine Hall, begins at 7.30pm tonight and will involve the Protect Wyre Group summarising their findings against the proposal.

Howard Phillips will speak on behalf of the group.

He said: “Members of the public are being urged to turn up and listen to what the 
Protect Wyre Group has to say and support the objectors.

“Inspectors will be able to ask questions but this is the first and only time they will get the chance to do this.

“This is the end of the hearing process and after the meeting there is no other opportunity to object.”

Speakers can also attend two meetings at Stalmine Village Hall, Smithy Lane, tomorrow.

The community can meet with the Planning Inspectorate from 2.30pm, while Members of Parliament will get their chance to address the gathering from 7.30pm.

Keith Budinger, chief executive of Halite Energy said: “The hearings will give any person or organisation who is an interested party, that is those which have made a representation to the Planning Inspectorate, with the opportunity to provide evidence to the Inspectors on any topics of concern to them, based on their written representation.

“We have made good progress in reaching consensus on some important areas of the project, such as geology and safety, which has led to the agreement of Statements of Common Ground with key consultees.

“Crucially, we believe we have demonstrated our project can be built and operated safely.”

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