Letters - April 23, 2015

One reader disagrees with research which suggests fracking will not affect house prices
One reader disagrees with research which suggests fracking will not affect house prices
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The self-styled North West Energy Task Force has gone too far this time in claiming it can be shown that house prices have suffered no impact from the kind of fracking now proposed at Roseacre Wood and Little Plumpton (Gazette April 15).

Using data for the last 19 years is a thrilling tactic, and sounds so believable.

The fact that the one and only deep level hydraulic fracturing of shale (the kind now proposed) happened for the first and only time in 2011 has been airbrushed away.

Of course, they use just the term ‘fracking’ in the survey failing to mention that it’s like using ‘retailers’ to lump together the local paper shop and Tesco.

It’s true, the raid on Preese Hall at Weeton had little impact on property since Cuadrilla came, tried deep level fracking of shale, caused the Blackpool earthquakes and were halted.

The fiasco was topped off by the company wrecking its own well and abandoning the site.

As for Elswick, the fracking there was conventional and into sandstone.

That’s why people who have readily bought property and lived near the site, (been there far longer than Cuadrilla actually, which purchased it very recently) are now leading the opposition to Roseacre Wood, which is much further away.

They know, just like the Advertising Standards Authority which has repeatedly sanctioned Cuadrilla for using the Elswick site to mis-represent what lies in wait, that this is the industry at its PR (propaganda?) worst.

So why did the Task Force get it so wrong? Was this deliberate mis-representation or just staggering ignorance?

Possibly just an over-zealous attempt to help their struggling sponsor, the money behind the ‘independent’ Task Force: Cuadrilla.

Barry Warner

By email



As the nation marks Parkinson’s Awareness Week, I’d like to tell your readers about Parkinson’s, a disease which affects nearly 130,000 people in the UK.

Parkinson’s is an incurable, progressive disease of the nervous system that inhibits the way the brain controls movements such as walking, talking and writing.

People with Parkinson’s, and other disabled people and carers, often find it extremely costly and difficult to organise a break away from their daily routine because of their complex medical and care arrangements.

As a result, a huge number of disabled people and their carers give up on the possibility of ever taking any respite, due to the enormous physical or financial barriers they face.

I work for a charity called Revitalise.

We run the Sandpipers centre in Southport, which provides much-needed respite breaks for disabled people and carers from across the region – breaks which often mean the difference between coping and despair.

If readers would like more information about Revitalise or would like to support our vital work, please call us on 0303 303 0145 or visit www.revitalise.org.uk.

Colin Brook





The political classes obviously think we are all idiots.

They paint a picture of a shining city on a hill.

In it there will be billions for the NHS, thousands more doctors and nurses, energy bills will be frozen, rents capped, millions of new houses will spring up overnight, the minimum wage will dramatically increase, and all mums will get at least 25 hours of free childcare a week.

Politicians live a lie. No wonder the electorate is disillusioned.

The number of registered voters for the forthcoming election has fallen by 800,000, the biggest drop in 15 years.

Neither of the televised debates will transform this election because no party leader has focused on how we generate the wealth needed to fund our vital services.

Dr Barry Clayton




Too lenient

It was unbelievable to read that fly tipper Daniel Ashworth only has to pay ‘towards’ the clean-up cost, not the full cost (Gazette April 18).

Are these magistrates from the same planet as us –it’s not his first offence!

Keith Hallam

(By email)