The Bolton company, Armstrong Aggregates has announced it will stop supplying Cuadrilla’s fracking site at Preston New Road near Blackpool. But Cuadrilla said the contract had already been fulfilled.
Armstrong, which had been providing materials from Montcliffe quarry in Horwich, issued a note this afternoon confirming it had decided to terminate its contract with Cuadrilla and the haulage company A E Yates.
The handwritten note, signed by Director David Armstrong, said:
“We have made the decision at 1pm today to terminate all work at Wood Plumpton with A E Yates and Cuadrilla.”
The note was late re-issued replacing the words ‘Wood Plumpton’ with ‘Little Plumpton’.
A spokesperson for the company said the decision had been taken for “purely commercial” reasons.
Opponents of Cuadrilla’s operation have been protesting at Preston New Road and the A E Yates site in Lostock. This morning, a group carried out slow-walking protests at Moncliffe Quarry.
River Rain, of Bolton Against Fracking, told The Bolton News:
“We started at 6.30am on Monday and were supported by local residents from Horwich and the Woolston Anti-Fracking group.
“We blocked off the road to slow down trucks going in and out of the quarry.
“In the afternoon, the company came out with a signed note saying that they had terminated their work with A E Yates and Cuadrilla and the mood among all of the protesters was amazing.
“It can be quite demoralising when you are always fighting against big corporations and we realise this is only a small victory.”
“But to have a Bolton firm end its involvement with the Little Plumpton site is a positive for us, even though we know another firm will be brought in in their place.”
A Cuadrilla spokesperson said:
“Contrary to any work being terminated we can confirm that all the stone required from quarry operators Armstrongs has been delivered to our Preston New Road site and that therefore the contract has been fulfilled and the work completed.”
Updated 7/2/2017 with a statement from Cuadrilla