I have written to the new Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid, requesting an urgent meeting to discuss fracking in Lancashire.
I had written to Mr Javid’s predecessor Greg Clark earlier this month with a similar request but the response I received from the Department failed to make it clear whether the Minister would indeed be willing to meet with me or not.
Since this time Mr Clark, who it had been expected would make a decision on whether or not to allow fracking to go ahead at Little Plumpton and Roseacre Wood, has been replaced by Mr Javid in Prime Minister Theresa May’s Government reshuffle.
I was disappointed that Greg Clark did not appear willing to meet with me to discuss this issue of vital importance to my constituents. The local community have made it very clear they do not want fracking in Lancashire and Lancashire County Council took the sensible, democratic decision not to allow Cuadrilla to frack at Little Plumpton and Roseacre Wood. This should be respected by a Government that claims to champion localism.
The reshuffle gives the Government a fresh chance to start listening to the people of Lancashire. I very much hope they take it.