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Final full week for Cuadrilla fracking inquiry – what’s happening when in Week 5?

Inquiry docs

The inquiry into Cuadrilla’s fracking plans for Lancashire goes into the final full week tomorrow (Tuesday 8th March) with evidence from opponents of the Preston New Road site.

It will hear evidence on the effects of noise from Mike Stigwood, of MAS Environmental, and planning and landscape issues from town planning consultant, Steven Scott-Brown, both representing Preston New Road Action Group

There are two sessions for members of the public to make statements to the inquiry about Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood. The inquiry will also hear evidence from Newton-with-Clifton Parish Council and discuss any conditions on the developments, should they be approved.

The week finishes with closing statements from Newton-with-Clifton Parish Council, Preston New Road Action Group, Roseacere Awareness Group, Friends of the Earth and North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce.

The closing submissions from Lancashire County Council and Cuadrilla will be on Wednesday 16th March.

Who’s speaking when this week?

The inquiry programme may change but the latest version looks like this:

Day 15: Tuesday 8th March
10am start
Preston New Road Action Group witnesses Mike Stigwood (noise) and Steven Scott-Brown (planning and landscape) will give evidence and are cross-examined by Cuadrilla’s barrister, Nathalie Lieven.

5.30pm-9.30pm
Public session for statements about Roseacre Wood and Preston New Road

Day 16 Wednesday 9th March.
10am
Evidence from Cllr Peter Collins, of Newton-with-Clifton Parish Council and cross-examination by Nathalie Lieven for Cuadrilla. Session to discuss conditions on the developments and a Section 106 agreement, should Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood be approved.

Day 17 Thursday 10th March
9.30am-5.30pm
Public session for statements about Roseacre Wood and Preston New Road

Day 18th Friday 11th March
9.30am start
Closing statements from Newton-with-Clifton Parish Council, Preston New Road Action Group, Roseacre Awareness Group, Friends of the Earth and North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce.

The inquiry on DrillOrDrop

DrillOrDrop will be posting live updates each day throughout the week. We’ll also tweet with the hashtag #frackinginquiry and add updates to the DrillOrDrop Facebook page

Our Inquiry page has links to posts from Weeks 1-4, along with more information about the appeals.

DrillOrDrop’s reporting of the inquiry is part of our Rig Watch project. Rig Watch receives funding from the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust. More details here

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