Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Deal Town Council opposes Fracking




Members of Deal Town Council have voted overwhelmingly against fracking in east Kent.

The vote took place at a council meeting on Monday 25th November after a motion was put forward by Cllr Ben Bano that 'Deal Town Council supports the campaign both by neighbouring parish councils and local action groups to resist any moves to allow fracking in East Kent.   This council places on record its opposition to fracking on environmental, health as well as economic grounds." The motion was seconded by Cllr Deryck Murray and passed with one abstention and only one councillor, Bob Frost, voting against.

Rosemary Rechter, Chair East Kent Against Fracking, addressed the meeting, which followed the recent Dover District Council Scutiny Meeting on fracking in east Kent.

Dianna Jones, a Sandwich resident and EKAF Committee member who was also at the Deal Town Council meeting said, "the really good news here is that this
motion was tabled independently of any planning applications to drill in east Kent. Coastal Oil & Gas Ltd recently withdrew their applications for exploratory drilling at Shepherdswell Guston and Tilmanstone and this vote is clear evidence of the overwhelming support for the all the parish councils and campaign groups such as EKAF, and their offshoots, who worked so hard to oppose those applications."
Dover District Councillors will be discussing fracking at their meeting on Wednesday, 27th November at 6pm at the Council Offices in the White Cliffs Business Park at Whitfield, CT16 3PJ. 

Cllr Mike Eddy put a motion forward on fracking to the District Council on 18th September, which was then studied by the Scrutiny Committee. EKAF and Keep Shepherdswell Well, as well as Shepherdswell and Guston parish council representatives, were invited to speak to the Committee on 11th November and presented an extremely convincing case, which clearly impressed councillors. The Committee will be reporting back to the Full Council on Wednesday - it is Item 12 on the agenda. The documents presented can be viewed at http://moderngov.dover.gov.uk/mgAi.aspx?ID=2121#mgDocuments


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