Top Labour man Jon Trickett, MP for Hemsworth, came to Kirby Misperton on Wednesday to promise that in the first 100 days of the next Labour government the ban on fracking across the UK would be delivered. At the entry to the fracking site, to a gathering of some of the local campaigners whose yearlong stand helped see off Third Energy, he announced that Jeremy Corbyn had put him in charge of the programme of action for the first 100 days of the next Labour government; ‘I’m already organising the first 100 days of action and I can tell you that the ban on fracking will be put into effect in that period’.
With him was Hugo Fearnley, prospective Labour parliamentary candidate for Scarborough and Whitby. ‘We all know what’s wrong with fracking’ said Hugo, ‘bad for the local environment, bad for the farming and tourism economy and bad for the planet. Far more and far better-quality jobs will be created by Labour’s green energy strategy with a commitment to meet 60% of the UK’s energy needs from renewable sources by 2030’
Mick Johnston, Secretary of Thirsk and Malton Labour Party, welcomed the visit and said that the local campaigners had fought a brave campaign to drive fracking out of Ryedale. ‘Make sure it never comes back’ he said, ‘by making sure Labour wins the next General Election, whenever it comes’.
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Fracking was in the news this weekend with Jeremy Corbyn visiting Derbyshire and voicing his opposition to Shale Gas Fracking…..
Meanwhile it has been announced that Natascha Engel a former MP has been appointed as Shale Gas Commissioner by the conservative government. As Ms Engel is also a former employee of the fracking company INEOS, questions have been raised about her impartiality.. Jeremy Corbyn has criticised the appointment.
Conservative MP Kevin Hollinrake stated that he “didn’t think that Natascha is an independent person in this debate, clearly she has been appointed by the government and the government’s strategy is to push ahead with shale gas” …… going on to say she is “definitely there to try and help the government to roll out its policies on shale gas exploration which I support”
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During Mondays Norton Town Council Meeting, Bryan Barrett asked the developers to ensure that local people are given priority in the allocation of the affordable homes which will make up 35% of this development! 550 new homes and school plan for Norton
Bryan notes that it’s not realistic just continue to build more and more houses, and not invest in other infrastructure. Planners need to ensure that the developers will contribute to providing Schools, Doctors Surgeries, Hospital faciliies, and Public Transport in Norton, to cope with the growth in population the development will bring.