10 year old Joshua Mae read out a letter to David Cameron at the public inquiry into Cuadrilla’s shale gas plans, urging the Prime Minister to stop fracking.
Joshua pleaded with Mr Cameron:
“Don’t do bad things to our home”.
And he asked the Prime Minister when he had finished with the letter to pass it on to the Queen because
“she is a mum so she will help protect her children”.
Joshua, from Fylde in Lancashire, wrote the letter today. He read it aloud during a day-long session set aside for public statements on Cuadrilla’s plans to frack at Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood.
“I am against fracking I have learnt all about it, and I research myself”
He said there were lots of kids who felt like him, including his friend, Alfie. He asked Mr Cameron:
“Please don’t do bad things to our home, we have only one world, can you promise to protect it for us?”
He told the Prime Minister:
“We are going to have to sort it out, because the trouble is when it all gets older.”
The inquiry inspector, Wendy McKay, promised to make sure the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Greg Clark, also saw the letter.
The public inquiry into Cuadrilla’s appeals against refusal of planning permission has been running since February 9th. It has heard from more than 20 expert witnesses and well over 100 members of the public.
Tomorrow (Friday) it moves into the final stage with the final statements from barristers. It ends on Wednesday next week (16th March).
Mrs McKay will make a recommendation to Mr Clark, who will make the final decision on the fracking plans.
Live updates from today’s public session