Frack Free Ellesmere Port & Upton (FFEP&U) issued their ‘Proof of Evidence’ from nine expert witnesses, to the Government Planning Inspector, ahead of the Public Inquiry. The inquiry will be held in Chester Town Hall from the 15thuntil the 23rdJanuary 2019.
FFEP&U are supporting Cheshire West and Chester Council (CW&C) in their defence of the planning committee’s decision to refuse IGas planning permission to flow test their well in Ellesmere Port.
Since the original Planning application was granted in 2009, Ellesmere Port has undergone significant regeneration.
The Persimmon housing development boundary is now within 320m of the gas well site. Also a new public house, with leisure, food and drink developments are now established on Rossmore Road East.
New businesses have been established adjacent to the site including a caravan business.
The Ellesmere Port Development Board has identified the area of the well site for future residential development.
In the evidence recently submitted to the planning inspector, the FFEP&U expert witness Mr Colin Watson states “the development of an Unconventional Gas industry simply does not fit into the Ellesmere Port development scenario, and undermines the successful attempts to regenerate a seriously deprived area. That the industry should want to set up shop so close to residential properties, and in the middle of a light industrial estate is simply unbelievable”.
Freedom of information requests, indicate that no satisfactory consultation with the Emergency Services has been undertaken to assure the efficient management of a potential incident and there is no emergency evacuation has been communicated to residents or nearby workers.
Mr Colin Watson says “to risk local workers, local residents, and the regeneration effort being put in to Ellesmere Port, this is simply the wrong place at the wrong time.”
All businesses, organisations and members of the public, PLEASE, help us fight IGas from 15thuntil 23rdJanuary 2019 at Chester Town Hall.
Frack Free Ellesmere Port & Upton will object to this IGas development every step of the way.