Last week’s announcement by the Government is a welcome step forward in the responsible development of natural gas from Lancashire shale, encouraging local communities to positively engage with industry and allowing them to benefit from their natural resources through community benefits and the retention of business rates.
As locally-based job and wealth creators, we can see the clear benefits that shale development can deliver to the Fylde, including creating jobs, generating economic growth and boosting tax revenues.
In order to do this in the most effective way, we are further encouraged by the announcement by the industry to conduct a supply chain and skills study, which will help tailor the needs and increase the capabilities of local businesses in helping the industry.
In an increasingly competitive global economy, it is vital that communities, government and industry all work together in securing our future energy needs.
Head of Enterprise and Investment , Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Economic Development Company
Director, Lytham Technology
Managing Director, Remsol
Retired Commercial Director
Risk to our health
The bribes recently announced by the Prime Minister, to allow councils to keep business rate receipts do not even begin to tackle the problems that will arise from the from the process the fracking industry will launch on the area of the Fylde and elsewhere.
I hope Eric Ollenshaw (Gazette, January 15)can raise the real issues that will arise. process of fracking.
In the United States they have encountered many health and environmental issues that have cost the community, through accidents that have occurred through drilling for shale gas.
As experts in the field of fracking know as fact, at least one in five wells fail and cause polluted water.
There are dangers from methane and chemicals that can affect people, farm land and animals.
Then there will be more road damage and possible spillage of chemicals from the trucks that trundle round village lanes.
The communities need to be protected beyond the hand outs from fracking companies.
Contingency plans need to be outlined and money set aside by the Government in order to compensate farmers and protect the land, as well as extra funds for councils to repair infrastructure.
Then with all the health risks will the NHS be funded separately to pay for treatment needed after people become sick from industrial negligence.
The UK is not like the US where fracking companies pay large amounts to individuals to lease their land.
Here the crown owns the mineral rights, and therefore it is the Government’s duty to go further with a developed strategy to offer protection for every possible contingency to cover the risks.
I doubt private insurance companies will take these risks.
Mr Cameron needs to give thought to the true costs and who will pay.
I am deeply concerned that children under 12 years old may soon be freely exposed to obscene language at the cinema following the decision by the British Board of Film Classification to water down current censorship rulings.
Films rated 12a already allow children of any age so long as they are accompanied by an adult and there have been a number of occasions where the BBFC have got their classification wrong with such films containing rather graphic violence or adult themes.
We don’t need to compound these problems by adding vulgar language into the mix.
Local councillors have the power – under the 1909 Cinematograph Act – to ban any film they deem unsuitable from being screened.
I would rather we did not have the prospect of councillors deciding what films can or cannot be shown in cinemas across their boroughs but if the BBFC continues to neglect their duties of responsible film classification then I fear it could only be a matter of time.
UKIP North West MEP
I am a visually-impaired lady and my guide dog,Ike, retired last October.
My training with a new dog was not successful.
I was very disappointed and missed getting out and about independently and safely.
I contacted Rideability, which is a marvellous service and is regularly transporting me to meetings at the Enterprise Centre, Blackpool Town Hall and Central Library.
I really value this efficient transport service with its friendly and helpful drivers and am very grateful for their support.
Carole Holmes MBE