Councillor calls on KCC to reject central government fracking free-for-all

October 15, 2018

On Thursday at full council, our Kent County Councillor, Martin Whybrow, is bringing a motion calling on KCC to reject central government’s attempt to steamroller through fracking by removing local government decision-making.

As fracking commences today in Lancashire, despite huge popular opposition, the potential opening of large swathes of the country to this fossil fuel extraction must be resisted. Central government is proposing to water down current planning rules around mineral extraction so that decision-making will reside with Westminster, rather than with local authorities.

Martin comments: “I believe that everyone in local government should resist another chipping away at local decision-making. Those who are best able to decide on the merits of planning applications are local councils.”

While desperation to kick-start fracking is clearly behind central government’s proposals, the changes would also hand over decision-making for other forms of extraction. 
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