Fracking – You help fight it by joining a local crowdfunding scheme

With fracking a really serious possibility in West Lancashire and more precisely in Altcar Civil Parish, which is all but surrounded on 3 sides by Sefton Borough, those opposed to fracking are trying to raise money to fight the planning application which is expected to be submitted any day now to West Lancs Borough Council. The link below explains and via it you can join the crowd funders who oppose fracking locally:-

www.crowdfunder.co.uk/help-us-to-save-altcar-moss-from-fracking

The Moss Alliance comprises community groups opposed to fracking in West Lancashire and Sefton. To help them oppose Aurora Energy Resources’ planning application for exploratory drilling and fracking at Altcar Moss near Formby they will need to engage expert consultants. Expert advice does not come free so they need to raise a considerable sum so that the consultants can give them the best chance of defeating Aurora’s first prospective frack site.

This is one of the biggest environmental challenges locally so please help if you can.

Fracking – It’s getting closer – Exploratory drilling in Great Altcar is on the agenda!

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lancashire-42584948

The BBC has the news on its web site – see link above

Here are a couple of relevant links to previous postings on this blog site about fracking:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2016/10/31/lydiate-parish-council-to-oppose-fracking/

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2016/12/29/fracking-those-who-fight-it-could-well-be-seen-as-a-danger-to-society/

My own view is that the future of energy has to green energy and much greater strides towards it need to be made so making the need for fossil fuels a thing of the past. For example what on earth are we doing building any new houses or indeed industrial buildings or any form of building without them having solar panels/tiles on the roof? Have our political leaders learned nothing about green energy?

By opposing fracking we can force politicians to really embrace green energy, by supporting fracking we simply kick the green energy can further down the road. We need environmental sustainability, end of.

Lydiate – A predominately rural parish surrounded by Lancashire

I have commented before about Lydiate being surrounded on 3 sides by Lancashire and the importance of anything being considered for this community taking into account its unique geographical location i.e. it being very much an outpost of Merseyside which is all but still in Lancashire. I raise the matter again because Lydiate Parish Council says that it wants to do a Neighbourhood Plan – my previous posting refers:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2015/06/24/neighbourhood-plan-you-need-good-and-clear-reasons-to-do-one-or-it-will-serve-as-much-purpose-as-a-russian-tractor-factory-plan/

The reason for this posting is to very clearly show the extent of Lydiate’s rural nature – it is in fact at least three quarters rural with just one quarter of its land mass being urban. And it is also to show the interdependence between Lydiate and its neighbouring Parishes of Maghull (to the south and it Merseyside), Aughton (to the east and in West Lancashire), Down Holland (to the north and in West Lancashire) and Great Altcar (to the west and in West Lancashire). I think the map below supplied to Lydiate Parish Councillors by Sefton Council’s Planning Dept. illustrates my points well:-

Parish of Lydiate Map

Click on the map to enlarge it.

Lydiate, possibly more than any other community in Sefton (although Melling also comes to mind), ‘suffers’ from being on the edge of the Sefton/Merseyside empire sitting as it does on a finger of land jutting out well into West Lancs.

My concern is that any plan, be it a Neighbourhood Plan (done for whatever reason) or any other plan for that matter, which does not take into account Lydiate’s unique rural and geographic profile will likely be a failure. Put another way, simply rewriting Maghull or Melling’s Neighbourhood Plan and thinking that the issues are all the same will be letting Lydiate down by ignoring it’s unique nature.