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Sunday 2 August 2015

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TUSC councillor makes protest call against Lancashire gas storage plans

The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) Fleetwood town councillor Simon Roberts has added his voice of opposition to a recent government decision to allow a controversial gas storage facility on the Fylde Coast.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has granted the Halite Energy company permission to develop a huge underground gas storage scheme in salt caverns at Preesall (Over Wyre), in Lancashire, despite three rejections of the plan and massive public opposition.

The decision by the DECC to allow Halite to proceed follows last month's rejection by Lancashire county council of bids by the Cuadrilla energy company to test frack on the Flyde and bodes ill for the outcome if Caudrilla appeals.

Simon has called for a protest in Fleetwood ahead of the next town council meeting (Tuesday 25 August) which Halite company representatives will be addressing.

He said: "Residents objecting to this plan have my full support. The anti-democratic actions of the Tory government in imposing this gas storage development, can and will still be resisted. I will be raising my objections to Halite at the next town council meeting and encourage concerned residents to join me from 6pm before the meeting and then come into it and express their views".

Simon is calling on residents to meet from 6pm by the Fleetwood Ferry tram terminus in Fleetwood. The town council meeting starts 7pm at the nearby North Euston Hotel, The Esplanade, Fleetwood, FY7 6BN.

Simon added: "I have opposed fracking from the start with my colleagues in the local anti-fracking campaigns and was proud to be on the massive demonstration in Preston when the county council turned down Cuadrilla.

"Instead of fracking and unwanted gas storage schemes, as a socialist I believe in investment into safe and clean renewable energy, and public ownership of the energy companies to bring down bills and enable a sustainable plan of energy generation".

Councillor Roberts, elected in May as a TUSC candidate, is the Planning Ambassador for the town council.