Frack Free York demands fracking protections to be added to Local Plan.

Tomorrow, councillors from throughout Yorkshire will meet to discuss the introduction of a new Joint Waste and Minerals Plan (JWMP) for City of York Council, North Yorkshire County Council and North Yorkshire County Council.

This plan present a unique opportunity to protect the region from the harms of fracking. That’s why Frack Free York will demonstrate outside the Open Plan Working Group Meeting. We implore members of the Local Plan working Group to support the petition, introduced by Councillor Lars Kramm, to introduce buffer zones within the JWMP to:

  • Prevent gas developments from being built within a mile of homes schools and hospitals
  • Prevent gas developments from being built within three miles of protected sites such as National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs), World Heritage Sites, Sites of Importance to Nature Conservation and Groundwater Source Protection Zones
  • Mandate a distance of not less than six miles between gas drilling sites.

We also request that the JMWP adequately addresses the impacts of contaminated waste water from the fracking industry and the great increases in HGV traffic it would generate.

Take action

Attend the demonstration

We want to show that local people care about the issue of fracking and we invite all members of Frack Free York to join us outside the West Offices of the City of York Council (Station Rise, YO1 6GA) from 4.30pm tomorrow for the demonstration.

The meeting starts at Open Plan Working Group Meeting starts at 5.30pm and we encourage everyone interested to attend respectfully – no registration is necessary. Some members of FFY will be speaking on the issue and we ask that everyone else remain courteous throughout the proceedings.

Write to your local councillor

In addition to attending tomorrow’s demonstration, we encourage all members to write to their councillor to request the inclusion of fracking protections within the JWMP.

We have created the below template letter which we advise you to add to and customise before sending.

JMWP Letter

Find out more about the plan

Find out more about the plan, and it’s aims, by checking out the Joint Plan website. This site also includes drafts of the plan as it currently stands.

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Frack Free York will continue to fight to prevent fracking within York and the local area. If you’d like to keep up-to-date with what we’re doing, join our mailing list by typing your email address in the box on the top right-hand corner of this page.

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