FRACKING firm Cuadrilla and angry locals have slammed claims a controversial village site could be given up for “alternative uses”.
There was uproar in Wrea Green after a glossy leaflet was delivered to households claiming Greenlands Farm could become home to a shale gas drill, travellers or social housing if the Haythornthwaite Sports Foundation (HSF) does not win permission for its Greenlands Sports Village.
Fylde Council – which last month refused planning permission for the new AFC Fylde stadium and sports pitches – immediately hit out at the claims, and now Cuadrilla Resources has reassured residents it has no secret plans to take on the site.
A spokesman for the firm, which has sites in Singleton, Weeton and Westby and is currently carrying out a geo-physical survey across Fylde, said: “Prior to any activity in any area, Cuadrilla would want to engage extensively with the local community.
“For example, we have held four public information sessions across the Fylde in the last few months, simply about our temporary Geophysical Survey.
“Cuadrilla has absolutely no plans to carry out any drilling or hydraulic fracturing near Wrea Green.
“We have not discussed or considered operating at a site in the Wrea Green area.”
HSF, led by Lytham businessman David Hayhtornthwaite, was refused permission for the stadium and other facilities, but has already said it plans to appeal the decision.
It is not clear who sent out the leaflet.
The Save Wrea Green Action Group (SWAG) also issued their own rebuttal to village residents, stating “the inaccuracies in the brochure are enormous”.
Coun Frank Andrews said: “It was absolutely crystal clear to all the site which immediately adjoins residential housing was entirely unsuitable and the village was not a viable location for AFC Fylde’s new stadium.
“To try and pressurise and or scare Wrea Green residents into removing their objections is hardly likely to succeed.”