* Imported energy can end if the government subsidises and promotes all clean energy and renewables.
* Shale gas takes years to show viability and the evidence of pollution in the atmosphere from fossil fuel means we miss our commitment to reducing our carbon emissions to keep under two per cent in line with other countries. Also we are involved with EU rules within the Lisbon treaty. Meaning we are restricted in sole usage of any energy we produce.
n Nuclear generation costs billions; Hinkley Point development is now massively over budget. Nuclear waste disposal is challenging, but radioactivity produced from the process is not resolved and therefore presents health risks.
n Cuadrilla will only need low skilled labour for the early stages of fitting out, and haulage. The technical side is left to Cuadrilla’s own engineers with the expertise.
n There are huge problems with the excessive use of water: Perhaps most surprisingly, researchers have discovered that at least 2,350 wells less than 1.6km (1 mile) deep had been fracked using more than 3.785million litres (1million gallons) of water each well. There are high levels of wells fracturing, leading to contamination of aquifers and water supplies.
n Research shows air pollution from flaring leads to health risks from methane and radon gas emissions, releasing carcinogens inhaled increase cancer risk.
T here are too many environmental health risks for any community to be expected to sustain, so hopefully the courts will be aware of the risks and reject the appeal.
The black market is the real problem
Serious problems are being caused by the surge of immigrants arriving at Calais and trying by various means to gain access to this country. Several reasons have been suggested as to why this happening. Recent research shows that many of these are wrong.
Most adult migrants in fact want to come here because as the deputy Mayor of Calais has said: ‘ England is the magnet’. The majority are coming to seek a job. It is a myth that our welfare system is the draw.
Recently, two reports revealed that, contrary to popular belief, immigrants are far less likely to rely on welfare hand-outs than people born here.
Currently, there are some 750,000 unfilled job vacancies. For many employers immigrants are a blessing rather than a burden. A recent employer’s symposium agreed that they are often harder working, more reliable, better time-keepers, more polite and better qualified.
But there is another reason for coming here. The thriving black market. Immigrants know it is easy to work here without papers, and the risk of being caught is very, very slim.
Many employers only employ those without a valid permit to work here because this enables them to pay very low wages and treat their workers like slaves. Gangmasters thrive in such conditions.
The government’s regrettable refusal to introduce ID cards has meant that a major means of controlling illegal working has been removed. This has served to strengthen the magnet that attracts immigrants to try and come here.
Only by addressing what makes this country a magnet where it is believed, like Dick Whittington, that the streets are paved with gold will the current problems be solved. It is no use blaming the French for traffic jams.
Dr Barry Clayton
Ice cream vans must warn motorists
Reading the article Ice Cream Wars in the Gazette (August 5), reminded me of the near misses which I’ve seen with children running into the road when they have been served.
Most car drivers come past at breakneck speed totally unaware that it’s an ice cream van and kids may run out.
This is why I would like to suggest that when they are parked up making a sale, they should have their hazard warning lights flashing, as the written warning on the van seems to be totally ignored.
Neglect law is just not tough enough
In reply to the shocking case of the ‘Dog starved to death’ (Gazette, July 30), I cannot understand why the chairman of the bench, Mark Cowburn, gave such a lenient sentence to such a cruel person.
The law is too restrictive. Something is going to have to be done about this cruelty which is happening too often.