Campaigners in the Fylde area of Lancashire are asking people across the UK to help it fight Cuadrilla’s fracking appeals.
They say the result of the appeals will set a precedent for fracking applications across the country.
Cuadrilla was refused planning permission by Lancashire County Council on 29th June this year for its application to drill, frack and test up to four wells at Preston New Road, Little Plumpton. It was also refused permission for 93 monitoring boreholes around the site.
Cuadrilla lodged an appeal over the monitoring boreholes and an appeal over the fracking application is expected soon.
The Preston New Road Action Group, which opposed the applications, promised to fight the appeals. It has launched a national fundraising bid, with an initial target of £45,000. But it said this figure could rise, depending on the details of Cuadrilla’s appeal over the fracking refusal.
The Planning Inspectorate has decided that the monitoring boreholes appeal will be dealt with by an inquiry. Witnesses representing supporters and opponents will be called to give evidence in public. The main fracking appeal is also likely to be decided by an inquiry.
Alan Tootill, a spokesman for PNRAG, said:
“A nationally-important major planning inquiry will require major funding. The semi-legal status means we need to use a top-quality senior legal team as well as experienced technical experts to fight our case. A small community like ours has managed well so far.”
“Our huge efforts at Lancashire County Council were rewarded by a hard-won victory. But now we are calling for more support from the wider community. We need to step up our game.”
“The result of the PNR appeal will act as a trailblazer for all England. A win will set a major precedent in protecting other sites. So now we are seeking support from individuals and various potential funding bodies to make sure we present the best case possible. It is not just our local community, but much of the country which we shall be defending.”
Preston New Road Action Group plans to raise money through its website and by activities over the coming months, including concerts, donation auctions and other community events.