May 2018 Newsletter

NEWSLETTER – May 2018

Welcome to the third monthly newsletter from Coal Aston & Dronfield Against
Fracking (CADAF). The aim of this bulletin is to keep you posted of the most
relevant updates in our campaign and provide information of how you can get
involved or express your views in a manner that they can be heard and valued.

Bramley Moor Lane Public Inquiry commences Tuesday 19th June 2018
On the strength of our victorious campaign to the Derbyshire County Councils planning committee in February, our attention now turns to the even more serious matter of the public inquiry which will decide the ultimate fate of Bramley Moor Lane.
Both Derbyshire County Council and Ineos have hired top barristers and QC’s to put forward their respective arguments to the enquiry and Eckington Against Fracking (EAF) is also represented at the enquiry by David Kesteven and Richard Pointer. All sides will have the opportunity to state their case and also cross examine the expert witnesses put forward by all sides.
The enquiry is going to purely focus on planning matters but members of the public are able to make representation at the inquiry should they wish to do so. In order to make representation they would need to attend the first day of the inquiry by 10:00 am stating their desire to do so along with 5 copies of their proposed speech. They can also choose whether or not they wish to be cross examined by the board. They are under no obligation to be cross examined but your argument will carry more weight if you are prepared to defend it. IF ANYONE REQUIRES FURTHER DETAILS PLEASE ATTEND THE NEXT MEETING OR CONTACT US BY EMAIL to dronfieldagainstfracking@gmail.com
It is vital that we have as many members present as possible, especially on the first day to show our strength of feeling for this frankly insane application. The location of the enquiry is the Market Hall at Chesterfield. A free bus service is being provided from Eckington by DCC and will also call through Dronfield at pre agreed locations. Anyone wishing to take advantage of this service must make this known to prominent members of either CADAF or EAF.
NOTE THAT THIS ENQUIRY IS THE LAST MAJOR HURDLE TO RIDDING MARSH LANE OF TEST DRILLING AND FUTURE FRACKING. IF YOU HAVE NEVER GOT INVOLVED UNTIL NOW THEN THIS IS THE TIME TO LEND YOUR VALUED SUPPORT.

EAF—DAY OF ACTION 23RD JUNE 2018
FOX & HOUNDS PUBLIC HOUSE, MARSH LANE, Nr ECKINGTON
Childrens Event 2pm—5pm / Adults Event 5.30pm until late.Our good friends at Eckington Against Fracking are holding a “day of
action” to generate funds in their fight against the application at Bramley
Moor Lane. This promises to be a brilliant day and a lot of hard work is
being carried out by EAF to make this a day to remember. Various media
outlets have been invited to attend the day and there are confirmed
speakers in the form of Lee Rowley MP, Christine Peace (Labour
parliamentary candidate for NE Derbyshire) and David Kesteven of EAF.
Others have been approached but are yet to be confirmed.
The children’s event will feature many activities we all know such as hook
a duck, pony rides, face painting, name the teddy together with raffle and
sweet stalls, ice creams etc. This event starts at 2pm and will make way
at 5pm for a more adult orientated evening starting at 5.30pm. This will
involve music from fabulous local musicians who are giving up their time
to help bring awareness to our efforts to rid the area of this Ineos
campaign. Anyone who wishes to volunteer to help out on any of the
stalls—even for a short time—please contact Cassie Steele on
cass_steele@hotmail.co.uk
Food stalls will be available at the event from the Fox & Hounds public
house.
PLEASE SUPPORT OUR FRIENDS AS THEY LEAD OUR FIGHT AGAINST INEOS

GOVERNMENT MATTERS
Lee Rowley MP heads the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Impact of Shale Gas which looks at all matters relating to fracking and shale gas. This group has held its 1st meeting and minutes will be available in due course through the House of Commons website.
Clive Betts MP heads a select committee on the Impact of Fracking & Shale gas.
These are also due to meet and records are available on the House of Commons website.

FUTURE MEETINGS
We have secured the use of Gosforth Lodge for further meetings for 4 months.
The dates are as follows:
23rd May, 27th June, 25th July, 22nd August.
All meetings commence at 7.15 pm and refreshments are available.
Gosforth Lodge, Cliffe Park, Callywhite Lane, Dronfield, S18 2XP.
The building has excellent disabled access.

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