York Full Council Meeting review
Following the Frack Free York demo on the 17th of July and the following full York Council Meeting, the full video of the meeting is now online.
The discussion of fracking within this meeting would not have happened without all the support we have received from local people and everyone who signed out petition to get fracking on the agenda.
Agenda Item 4. Public Participation
Of the 12 speakers at the meeting, 5 spoke about the dangers of fracking and the risks it poses to York.
The speakers were:
1. Richard Lane – York and Ryedale Friends of the Earth
2. Sue Lister – York Greanpeace and Frack Free York
3. Christopher Ranger – Fellow of Institute of Civil Engineers and loca resident
4. Kate Lock – York Environment Forum
5. John Cossham – Petition Organiser
Agenda Item 5. Petitions
Following the public participation section, there was an opportunity for Councillors to discuss fracking in York. Whilst there was no opportunity for a vote in the meeting, it was heartening to see that eight of the 10 Councillors who spoke about fracking were either in support of a ban or expressed caution about the process.
The sheer number of Councillors that spoke in support of Frack Free York demonstrates that they are listening to the voices of their constituents and that they are becoming aware of the risks that fracking poses to our lives here in York.
Councillors that spoke against fracking
Councillor Dave Merritt – Cabinet Member for Environmental Services Planning and Sustainability; Labour
Councillor Andy D’Agorne – Leader of the Green Group
Councillor James Alexander – Labour Cabinet Leader and Economic Development
Councillor Anna Semlyen – Dringhouses and Woodthorpe Ward; Labour
Councillor Dave Taylor – Fishergate Ward; Green Party
Councillor Dave Levene – Labour Cabinet Member for Transport
Councillors that expressed caution over fracking
Councillor Ann Reid – Deputy Leader of Lib Dem Group
Councillor Chris Steward – Conservative Group Leader
Councillors that spoke in favour of fracking
Councillor Joe Watt – Skelton Rawcliffe and Clifton Without Ward; Conservative
Councillor Dafydd Williams – Labour Cabinet Member for Finance and Performance