The trial of a group of Lancashire residents who blocked the entrance to Cuadrilla’s shale gas site at the start of a month of direct action protests has been set for November.
Thirteen people, including three local councillors, locked themselves to heavy objects on 3 July 2017 outside the Preston New Road site near Blackpool.
The action marked the beginning of the so-called Rolling Resistance, co-ordinated by the national campaign group, Reclaim the Power.
Seven of the group appeared at Blackpool Magistrates Court yesterday (Monday 8 August), charged with obstructing the highway and offences under the Trades Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act. All seven pleaded not guilty.
Another five people who were arrested after the protest are due to appear in court in coming weeks to make their pleas. The final person arrested accepted a caution.
The trial will begin on Monday 13 November 2017 and is expected to last all week.
The court also heard not guilty pleas from three generations of a family, which took part in a protest on Wednesday 12 July.
Gillian Kelly, a 73-year-old Lancashire grandmother, locked herself to an object outside the entrance. She was joined by her partner Paul Martyn, son Sebastian and granddaughter Megan (19). They all denied obstructing the highway.
The date for their trial is expected to be set on Thursday (10 August).