Letters, August 3, 2015

The fracking meetings at County Hall - see letter
The fracking meetings at County Hall - see letter
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I support Cuadrilla’s plans to appeal the decision, as our country needs to develop new energy sources, within our nation’s control.

Imported energy leaves us open to unpredictable political risks, price fluctuations outside of our control, provides little or no employment locally and no wealth creation for this country.

I support Cuadrilla’s plans to appeal the decision, as our country needs to develop new energy sources, within our nation’s control.

Imported energy leaves us open to unpredictable political risks, price fluctuations outside of our control, provides little or no employment locally and no wealth creation for this country.

Whilst supporting shale gas exploration, I also advocate developing more sustainable sources of energy, and already have thermal and PV energy generation at my home. I therefore have first hand knowledge of the unpredictability of these sources of sustainable energy. They are useful, but often cannot provide energy as and when it is most needed.

However much potential wind and solar generating capacity we have, sufficient back-up from conventional power generation will be needed for the future.

Also, depending on their siting, commercial scale solarand wind farms will probably have the same “unacceptable adverse visual impact” on the landscape that was the primary reason the County Councilors gave for ignoring their officers’ advice in rejecting the Preston New Road application.

A need for power generation using natural gas or nuclear fuel will continue to be there for the foreseeable future.

What was so frustrating about Lancashire County’s decision was that potentially both of these are, or could be, available in Lancashire right now.

Nuclear generation exists and provides valuable jobs in Lancashire, but until the proper testing that was rejected can be carried out, power generation from shale gas is still in the future.

Those that say shale gas will not provide employment are often the same people who claim there will be a forest of drilling derricks if permission is granted.

The latter will not be the case, but where there are rigs there will be a requirement for operators.

Cuadrilla are certainly right to appeal as properly regulated shale gas extraction will ensure our energy supply, create local and national employment, raise the skill base of local labour as well as providing longer term financial benefits.

David Kenworthy

Lytham resident

FRACKING

No economic boost from shale gas

I disagree with Mr Lee Petts that the council “ threw away a vital economic boost to the area” when it refused Cuadrilla’s fracking applications (Gazette, July 27).

There will be no economic boost.

The number of local jobs created will be extremely small – that is the nature of the industry. Any potential gains will be offset by losses in other industries notably tourism and farming.

This was revealed in the DEFRA report but this information was heavily redacted because an unbiased viewpoint was not felt to be in the government’s or fracking’s best interests.

Fracking would however provide an economic boost for Mr Petts because his firm, Remsol, specialises in the transportation of hazardous waste and I fully accept that there will be a lot of extra waste on the roads if fracking goes ahead.

I leave it to the readers to assess what weight to attach to his comments.

Barry Warner

Roseacre Rd

Roseacre

CONCERT

Fans left us cold with drunken antics

Having been Neil Diamond fans for many years, and having seen him on his every visit to the UK since 1977, we were very much looking forward to the concert at Bloomfield Road.

Unfortunately, it was spoilt by people wandering around and the amount of alcohol consumed, which in our minds is disrespectful to the performing artist.

Why these people had paid good money not to bother watching or listening to the concert amazed us.

To cap it all, when we were leaving stadium we heard chanting of “we want Oyston dead” by (we think was a family) Mum,Dad and two teenage boys. Surely not the time for this when it was a privilege to hear such a renowned perfomer like Neil Diamond in your local town.

Mrs M Edwards and Friends

NOSTALGIA

A contract to dance the night away

Reading the article regarding some football fans being barred from the Neil Diamond show at Bloomfield Road, it takes me back some 60-plus years, when I was a “Contract Holder” with the Tower Co.

I used to go in most nights, just to go dancing. Although “NO JIVING” signs were very prominent, I was a persistent offender, until one night the MC authorised two ballroom attendants to escort me out of the building and I was banned for six months.

However, I could still go in the Tower and also go into the ballroom with my contract, but was not allowed on the dance floor.

It does seem a bit harsh to ban those fans who had paid hard earned money, especially when I noticed many empty seats in the photo in the Gazette.

Myself, I went straight over to the Winter Gardens where the MC was more lenient, taking my six mates along with me and using the same “Contract”.

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