Fracking Update from Bryan Barrett

I can’t have been alone at being alarmed at the release of the IPCC report last week.

The very sobering report can be summarised in just one sentence. The burning of fossil fuels is destroying our planet.

Is it not obscene then that in the very same week in which this report was released, the High Court ruled that Fracking could go ahead? Is it also not obscene that this government “pulled the plug” on making environmentally cleaner cars more affordable?

In comparison the Norwegian parliament has set 2025 as the goal for ALL new cars to have zero emissions, compared with the UK’s 2040, they are on target, the UK isn’t.

Fracking is an emotive subject and one that many people close their ears and eyes to. There is a lot of evidence available, much of which can seem to be contradictory. I have considered both sides of the argument and deduced that we should be investing in renewable energy.

Surely, we cannot surge ahead with a controversial method of gas extraction with a history of environmental disasters in other countries when we have just admitted that our planet is dying!

The argument that we need a bridge to renewable energy is also defunct after a Petro-chemical giant, admitted in an article published in the Sunday Times newspaper on 30th December 2017, that all of the gas extracted as a result of fracking would be used as a feedstock to power its power plants. These same power plants, make the plastic that pollutes our seas and oceans. This is quite simply grotesque!

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I have had an off the record discussion with a senior employee of an energy company, who own the PEDL License for an area very close to where I live. They state that our country should be heavily investing in renewable energy and that Fracking will not end well.

Think about it, an expert in the field, employed in the oil and gas industry has informed me of the detrimental impact that fracking will have on our communities. This is a warning that I cannot ignore.  Put simply; fracking will destroy our community for corporate profit!

Given the controversy surrounding fracking you could be forgiven for thinking that there would be a concerted effort to ensure that everything would be conducted transparently in an effort to combat any claims of underhand dealings or unfair play.

The sentencing of 3 protestors for 18 months by a judge with, according to the Daily Mirror, links to the oil and gas industry suggests to me that there is an unseen power at play here.

Surely the time is now for every politician to come together, irrespective of their political allegiance and work collaboratively for the good of our humanity? The future of our world depends on it!

Bryan Barrett

@BryBarrett999

 

 

Result of Poll 4th October 2018

The members worked hard to campain on behalf of Trish Beadle, but this time we were not successful coming in 2nd place.  The Tory candidate won with merely 12.5% of the 5367 electorate voting for him, we can and must do better next time.

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DECLARATION OF RESULT OF POLL

Hambleton District Council

Election of a District Councillor for

Thirsk

on Thursday 4 October 2018

I, Dr Justin Ives, being the Returning Officer at the above election, do hereby give notice that the number of votes recorded for each Candidate at the said election is as follows:

Name of Candidate

Description (if any)

Number of Votes*

BARBER, Stewart Anthony,

The Yorkshire Party

108

BEADLE, Patricia Elizabeth,

Labour Party

251

ELDERS, David Bernard,

The Conservative Party Candidate

679 Elected

* If elected the word ‘Elected’ appears against the number of votes.

The number of ballot papers rejected was as follows:

Number of ballot papers

A want of an official mark

0

B voting for more Candidates than voter was entitled to

0

C writing or mark by which voter could be identified

0

D being unmarked or wholly void for uncertainty

4

E rejected in part

0

Total

4

Vacant Seats: 1 Electorate: 5367 Ballot Papers Issued: 1042

And I do hereby declare that, David Bernard Elders is duly elected.

Campaigning for Trish Beadle, 1st Oct

Update from Mark White:

Last night was the penultimate canvassing session in the by-election campaign and I got my wish to have a photo with 10-14 activists on a street corner. We were supported by four members of the Acomb and Westfield ward of York Central and there are 13 on the street corner (including Charlie from Acomb who took the photo). In fact, we were joined by Mick and also Jerome later in the evening so there were 15 of us in total. My thanks to all involved – it was a wonderful statement of support.

Tonight is the last canvass; we are meeting at ATS Tyres at 5:45pm.

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The plan for the week is:

Tuesday – Door knocking: Meet at ATS Tyres on Long Street at 5:45pm (Contact Mark 07831 306795)

Thursday – Election day: Meet at 6A Saxty Way from 10am until 10pm.

If anyone can help on Election Day, if only for an hour, please call either Mark or Phil

Campaigning for Trish Beadle, 30th Sept

Update from Mark White:

We had a good turnout for the Carlton Miniott canvas on Sunday morning; my thanks to Trish BeadleRichard Walter; Janet Guy; Sally Anderson from Richmond CLP; Hazel Eastmond and Steve White for coming out.

We knocked 172 doors and for Hazel and Steve it was their first time experience of door knocking – when you see them ask them how they found it – and then give it a try too!

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Today, we start the final leg of the campaign leading up to election day on Thursday. Tonight we plan to complete two road groups in one session so all help will be appreciated.

The plan for the week is:

Monday – Door knocking: Meet at ATS Tyres on Long Street at 5:45pm (Contact Mark 07831 306795)
Tuesday – Door knocking: Meet at ATS Tyres on Long Street at 5:45pm (Contact Mark 07831 306795)
Wednesday – Leafletting: Meet at the Black Swan on Front Street at 5:45pm (Phil 07789 513791)
Thursday – Election day: Meet at 6A Saxty Way from 10am until 10pm.

If anyone can help on Election Day, if only for an hour, please call either Mark or Phil

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