Shropshire councillors fail to protect residents

29 January 2015

Shropshire councillors fail to protect residents

Shropshire Council has failed to determine the application by Dart Energy for Coalbed methane extraction in Dudleston. The drilling firm has now exercised their right to appeal to the Secretary of State who will appoint an inspector.

Commenting on the development Cllr Duncan Kerr, Green Party Parliamentary Candidate for North Shropshire said “We hear a lot from Shropshire Council about localism but when they have the opportunity to act accordingly they duck the issue. It is hard not to be a cynic when over 100 people attended the Planning Committee and heard councillors unanimously say they were minded to turn the application down but now we find that for no apparent reason, the Council is unable to put the issue back onto the agenda of the Planning Committee. In order to restore some confidence in the Council I am asking Keith Barrow, Leader of the Council, to issue a statement explaining whether their failure to determine this application is incompetence or a deliberate attempt to avoid making a decision”.

The application will now be determined not by local, elected representatives but by a Civil Servant appointed by the Minister. Given government policy it is not hard to guess how that will turn out.

The Green party is the only party absolutely opposed to fracking and committed to taking genuine, meaningful action on climate change. We are determined to put policies in place that will lead to a revolution in renewable energy and a more sustainable society that works for the common good rather than the short term profits of unsustainable energy companies.


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