Parish and District Councillors vow to fight fracking in Eckington

Eckington Parish Councillors have passed a motion to oppose the extraction of shale gas of all forms within the area's boundaries.

Last night (Tuesday 24th Jan), the council voted overwhelmingly in favour of objecting to an application being proposed by chemical company INEOS, who have signalled an intention to explore for shale gas on land just off Marsh Lane.

The meeting also attended by dozens of members of the public, along with representatives from councils at district and county level.

Cllr Brian Ridgway is chair of Eckington Parish Council and the Derbyshire County Council representative for Eckington and Killamarsh.

He said:"Feelings are running high and passion is part of the progress.

"The parish council came to a decision to resist all forms of shale gas extraction, commonly known as fracking withing the parish boundaries. 

"I'm opposed to it because I bought my children here for a better quality of life over 20 years ago, and I want that quality of life to remain. I also want others to enjoy that same quality of life and I don't believe fracking will allow us to do that, certainly not within the greenbelt.

"Speaking about INEOS, Cllr Ridgway said: Yes they're going to play hardball, this is business. This isn't anything to do with sentiment or anything else because when it comes to the planning application and the planning determination, the company will play hardball and we've got to be prepared to play hardball as well."

At the meeting, North East Derbyshire District Council's Marsh Lane and Ridgeway ward representative Michael Gordon confirmed to Peak FM that the ruling labour party on the District are also opposed to fracking.

He said: "The district council will be a consultee when the application goes into the county. The labour group on the district council have a firm stance against fracking, so we will oppoose any application facing in Marsh lane and anywhere in the district.

"It goes beyond Eckington. People in Unstone, Apperknowle, all surrounding areas up to the border of Dronfield could be affected.

"If the application is successful, and they do drill to see if there is a possibility of shale gas, in the first 3 months, its going to be 24 hours continual traffic up and down the roads in Eckington and Marsh Lane, going past the primary school and in the centre, which would be carrying contaminated waste."

Peak FM has contacted INEOS for comment and are awaiting a response.


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