• Hydraulic Fracturing (“fracking”) could wipe up to seven per cent off local house prices according to a Government report.
• Widespread concerns have been expressed about the environmental impact of the practice.
• Labour’s 2017 manifesto sets out a commitment to ban fracking.
• The Conservative manifesto will force fracking on communities, even in where there is strong opposition.
Labour’s Candidate for Ellesmere Port & Neston, Justin Madders has slammed proposals to remove power from Councils to oppose fracking. Describing the Conservative manifesto as a “Charter for Frackers.”
Madders has confirmed his support for a ban on fracking, citing concerns about damage to the environment and the impact on local house prices.
Labelling Conservative support for the controversial practice as “shocking,” Madders has pledged to continue with his opposition to local fracking plans and confirmed that he would back a national ban in Parliament.
Commenting, Justin Madders said:
“This Tory Manifesto is a Charter for Frackers, which all but rolls out the red carpet for companies to drill for shale gas around Ellesmere Port & Neston. If the Conservatives get their way, these companies will be able to ride roughshod over our communities and there will be nothing that we can do.
“People in this area expect there to be a planning system in place that listens to their views. These shocking proposals would remove any prospect of that once and for all when it comes to fracking.”
“The choice could not be clearer in Ellesmere Port & Neston –only a vote for Labour can stop these plans.”
“We need a Government which would throw its support behind the next generation of renewable energy, which would in turn generate large numbers of high-quality jobs in our local science and manufacturing sectors.”