York Labour Councillors to vote on anti-fracking motion
On 25th September, Labour Councillors will vote on a motion for York to resist planning applications for drilling for shale gas. If this motion wins the vote, it will pass onto the agenda for discussion at the next full York Council Meeting.
A great opportunity
If passed, this motion will see York to join many local councils including of Newcastle, Manchester and East Sussex in declaring their opposition to unconventional oil and gas extraction. With this motion in place, drilling companies are likely to be deterred from submitting further applications for drilling or testing in York.
Write to your councillors
For this motion to pass onto the agenda for the next full York Council meeting, it is imperative that it wins the vote on the 25th of September. Please contact your local councillor(s) and ask them to vote for the motion on the 25th.
Help with writing
To help you with writing to your Councillor, we have written a draft letter which you can use to get you started. Please don’t copy the text in this letter exactly, as your message will be best received if it is written in your own words.
Helpful things to think about when writing your letter might be:
- Have you already signed our earlier petition against fracking in York?
- How you would be affected by the increased traffic it would cause?
- Possible health implications for you, your family and friend(s)
- Potential damage to our local agriculture and tourism industries
- Forms of energy you would prefer instead
Please be sure to include your address when writing to your councillor, as they are only bound to acknowledge correspondence from citizens in their area. A list of all the Labout councillors in York can be found below:
Labour Councillors in York
Councillor James Alexander; Holgate Ward; Cabinet Leader & Economic Development
Councillor Neil Barnes; Hull Road Ward
Councillor Barbara Boyce; Heworth Ward
Councillor Stephen Burton; Westfield Ward; Labour Group Secretary
Councillor Sonja Crisp; Holgate Ward; Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism
Councillor Linsay Cunningham-Cross; Skelton, Rawcliffe & Clifton Without Ward; Cabinet Member for Health & Community Engagement
Councillor Fiona Fitzpatrick; Hull Road Ward
Councillor Sandy Fraser; Micklegate Ward
Councillor Christina Funnell; Heworth Ward
Councillor Julie Gunnell; Micklegate Ward
Councillor Gerard Hodgson; Dringhouses & Woodthorpe Ward
Councillor David Horton; Acomb Ward
Councillor Ken King; Clifton Ward
Councillor David Levene; Heslington Ward; Cabinet Member for Transport
Councillor Janet Looker; Guildhall Ward; Cabinet Member for Education, Children & Young People
Councillor Dave Merrett; Micklegate Ward; Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, Planning & Sustainability
Councillor David Scott; Clifton Ward
Councillor Tracey Simpson-Laing; Acomb Ward; Deputy Leader, and Cabinet Member for Homes & Safer Communities
Councillor Dafydd Williams; Westfield Ward; Cabinet Member for Finance & Performance