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Councillor: I wasn’t paid off by frackers

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A councillor has shared his upset at allegations he was “paid off” by a fracking company.

Coun Trevor Fiddler was one of three members of Fylde Council to declare they had received money from a contractor conducting seismic testing on behalf of Cuadrilla in 2012, ahead of a debate on the issue on Monday evening.

Coun Fiddler, who represents Freckleton West, left the debate with Coun Tommy Threlfall after declaring the interest, while Coun Heather Speak remained to second a motion calling for a moratorium on the controversial process.

Refuting allegations made by fellow councillors during the meeting, Coun Fiddler said: “It was at a time before all the excitement about fracking had really got going.

“This was a seismic geology exercise, a scientific exercise, and I was paid a sum for access to my land and the upset that caused.

“For people to make out that was taking money from the fracking industry is upsetting.”

Cuadrilla has also refuted the claims.

 
 
 

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