Probe into leader’s fracking comments

Councillor Gordon McCann

Councillor Gordon McCann

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Controversial comments made by a leading Wyre councillor about fracking protestors will be investigated by the authority’s standards committee.

Coun Gordon McCann caused outrage among members of Residents Action on Fylde Fracking (RAFF) and Frack Off during the Shale Gas World UK debate in June when he accused them of “breaking into the Royal Bank of Scotland”.

The Preesall councillor and economy portfolio holder also accused both groups of “reclaiming the streets” when he spoke at the public meeting about fracking – the process of hydraulically fracturing rock deep underground to extract gas.

Ian Roberts, chairman of RAFF, met with the councillor and gave him the chance to explain his comments, however Mr Roberts says he was left with no other choice but to make a Code of Conduct Complaint when he refused to engage with members during the meeting.

Mr Roberts said: “I arranged a meeting with Gordon McCann in July shortly after he had made the comments and that was a chance for him to show genuine remorse and explain his comments, but there was no engagement or dialogue.

“He left us with no option but to make a formal complaint to Wyre Council and the standards committee will look at the facts.

“It’s regrettable because we have other things to do and I would far rather be encouraging people to be doing their own research into Shale Gas fracking.”

Coun McCann declined to comment about today’s hearing, but has repeatedly apologised for making the comments.