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Who’s Who on the committee deciding Cuadrilla’s fracking applications?

The councillors who will decide next week on Cuadrilla’s applications to frack in Lancashire have been named.

The 15-member committee will meet on Wednesday 28th January to decide on the application for the Preston New Road site. The decision on the Roseacre Wood site will be made on the afternoon of Thursday 29th or, if discussions overrun, on Friday 30th.

All but one of the committee (Labour’s Niki Penney) are men. Seven members represent Labour divisions, including the chair and deputy chair. Six members are Conservatives and the Lib Dems and Independents have one seat each.

The Independent, Paul Hayhurst, represents Fylde West and lives in Elswick, near the proposed Roseacre Wood site. He is also a member of Fylde District Council which voted to object to the planning applications.

Peter Buckley (Conservative), lives in and represents St Anne’s, not far from the Preston New Road Site at Little Plumpton. The other councillors on the committee represent divisions outside the Fylde district.

Chair

Munsif Dad (Labour)

Munsif Dad

Munsif Dad

Home: Accrington
Represents: Accrington West
Employment: None
Appointments to outside bodies: District community safety partnership, William Blythe Consultation Forum, church
Other membership: Hyndburn Borough Council, the Labour Party, Unite Union. Also chair of Hyndburn Cultural Association, secretary of Scaitcliffe Community Centre Ltd, treasurer of Hyndburn Black and Ethnic Minority forum and director of Surestart Hyndburn

Deputy chair

Richard Newman-Thompson (Labour)

Richard Newman-Thompson

Richard Newman-Thompson

Home: Lancaster
Represents: Lancaster East
Employment: None
Appointments to outside bodies: District community safety partnership, Lancaster University court, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Improvement Board, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust
Other membership: Lancaster City Council, the Labour Party, GMB union, Lancashire Mind, the Co-op Party, Vale of Lune FUFC

Members

Terry Aldridge (Labour)

Terry Aldridge

Terry Aldridge

Home: Little Digmoor, Skelmersdale
Represents: Skelmersdale Central
Employment: None
Appointments to outside bodies: Ageing Well Forum, Council for Voluntary Services (CVS) – West Lancashire, District Community Safety Partnership – West Lancashire, Local Authority Elected member: Older People’s Champions Network North West of England, Skelmersdale Town Centre Regeneration Project, Tanhouse, Moorside and Digmoor Neighbourhood Board
Other membership: UCATT, Labour Party, Delphside School board of governors, Little Digmoor Residents Association, West Lancs Borough Council, Digmoor Safer Stronger Communities Board,

Malcolm Barron (Conservative)

Malcolm Barron

Malcolm Barron

Home: Tarleton, Preston
Represents: West Lancashire North
Employment: None
Appointments to outside bodies: Alt Crossens Advisory Group, West Coast Rail 250 general council
Other membership: Tarleton Parish Council, South Ribble Conservative Association management committee, West Lancashire Borough Council

Peter Buckley (Conservative)

Peter Buckley

Peter Buckley

Home: St Annes
Represents: St Annes North
Employment: Self-employed music teacher and office administration for Fylde Conservative Association
Appointments to outside bodies: District children and young people’s trust board for Fylde, Lancashire Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education
Other membership: Fylde Conservative Association, North West Conservatives, St Annes Baptist Church, Fylde Sinfonia Orchestra (conductor), Conservative Party

Michael Devaney (Conservative)

Michael Devaney

Michael Devaney

Home: Chorley
Represents: Chorley Rural North
Employment: None listed
Other membership: Conservative Party and Chorley Conservative Association

Kevin Ellard (Labour)

Kevin Ellard

Kevin Ellard

Home: Fulwood, Preston
Represents: Preston East
Employment: Retired
Appointments to outside bodies: Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Joint Advisory Committee, Lancashire Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education, Springfield Fuel Ltd – Springfields Site Stakeholder Group
Other membership: Ribbleton Avenue Infants School board of governors

Michael Green (Conservative)

Michael Green

Michael Green

Home: Leyland
Represents: Leyland South West
Employment: None
Appointments to outside bodies: Joint advisory committee for strategic planning, director of Marketing Lancashire and Director of Preston Vision Ltd
Other membership: The Leyland Board, Moss Side Community Forum, Management Team of South Ribble Conservative Association, Moss Side Branch of South Ribble Conservative Association, South Ribble Borough Council, Solicitors’ Regulation Authority (The Law Society), North Western Local Authorities Employers Organisation, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation, Alice Rowlinson’s Charity, The National Trust, St James’ CE Primary School, Leyland, and St Mary’s and St Benedict’s RC High School, Bamber Bridge, Leyland and District Nursing Association Managment Committee, The Xaverian Committee, Preston, English Heritage, The Friends of Don Orione Fund Raising Committee, Roby Mill, Up Holland, Broughton Catholic Charitable Association, Catenian Association, The Historic Houses Association, SPUC, The Conservative Party, The Conservative Councillors Association, RAC

Paul Hayhurst (Independent)

Paul Hayhurst

Paul Hayhurst

Home: Elswick
Represents: Fylde West
Employment: Retired
Appointments to outside bodies: Local Liaison committee – Westby
Other membership: Fylde Borough Council and Elswick Parish Council

Steven Holgate (Labour)

Steven Holgate

Steven Holgate

Home: Chorley
Represents: Chorley West
Employment: Parliamentary constituency caseworker for Lindsay Hoylde MP
Appointments to outside bodies: District community safety partnership, Lancashire Waste PFI project liaison group
Other membership: Chorley Community Housing

David Howarth (Liberal Democrat)

David Howarth

David Howarth

Home: Penwortham, Preston
Represents: Penwortham North
Employment: None
Appointments to outside bodies: Central Lancashire Development Framework joint advisory committee
Other membership: South Ribble Borough Council, Penwortham Town Council, Penwortham aid in sickness, Liberal Democrats, Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors, British Humanist Association

Marcus Johnstone (Labour)

Marcus Johnstone

Marcus Johnstone

Home: Burnley
Represents: Padiham and Burnley West
Employment: County Councillor
Appointments to outside bodies: Arthur Edmonson Quinn Bequest, Central Lancashire Development Framework Joint Advisory Committee, Heritage Trust for the North West, Joint Advisory Committee for Strategic Planning, Padiham Youth Centre Advisory Committee, Rivington Heritage Trust
Other membership: Labour Party of Lancashire County Council, Burnley Constituency and Padiham Ward

Niki Penney (Labour)

Niki Penney

Niki Penney

Home: Lancaster
Represents: Skerton
Employment: None
Appointments to outside bodies: District Community Safety Partnership – Lancaster, James Bond/Henry Welch Trust, Lancaster University Court, Museums Partnership Advisory Panel, Public Rights of Way and Access Forum, The Dukes Playhouse Limited, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Improvement Board
Other membership: Labour Party, Unite Trades Union, Co-operative Party

Keith Sedgewick (Conservative)

Keith Sedgewick

Keith Sedgewick

Home: Fulwood, Preston
Represents: Preston North East
Employment: Retired
Appointments to outside bodies: None
Other membership: Armed Forces Group Preston (AFGP), Gift ’92, Preston Relief in Need, Longsands Lane Millenium Hall

Barrie Yates (Conservative)

Barrie Yates

Barrie Yates

Home: Higher Walton, Preston
Represents: South Ribble Rural East
Employment: South Ribble Borough Councillor, Board Director of New Progress Housing
Appointments to outside bodies: None
Other membership: Conservative Party, South Ribble District Council, Samlesbury Parish Council, New Progress Housing, Higher Walton Community Centre

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