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Government pays another £1.28m for policing costs at Cuadrilla’s fracking site

10th Mar 2017 (20 police line up)

Police outside Cuadrilla’s Preston New Road site near Blackpool, 10 March 2017.

The Home Office has reimbursed another £1.28m to Lancashire Constabulary for the costs of policing Cuadrilla’s fracking site at Preston New Road.

The site near Blackpool saw near-daily protests when work began in January 2017 until fracking was suspended after earth tremors in August 2019.

The county’s police and crime commissioner, Clive Grunshaw, tweeted:

“Grateful for the reimbursement from @ukhomeoffice of £1.28m for costs associated with the policing of the Preston New Road fracking site. This is after ongoing lobbying not just from myself but also cross-party support from #Lancashire MPs.

“Positive news for #Lancashire residents who should be reassured that money is being returned and will now be used for the benefit of the wider police service in the county.”

Mr Grunshaw said the police operation, known as Operation Manilla, had cost Lancashire Constabulary almost £13m until it was disbanded in December 2019.

The Home Office had previously paid £5.8m towards policing between 2017 and 2019. The latest funding is for the financial year 2019-2020.

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Permission for fracking at Preston New Road was given by the then local government secretary, Sajid Javid, overturning a refusal by Lancashire County Council.

Mr Grunshaw has previously said:

“The decision to frack in our county was borne in Whitehall after the judgement made by Lancashire County Council was overturned. The expectation on Lancashire Constabulary to cover the costs of this decision was not a fair deal so I am pleased this has been recognised and additional costs for this operation are being met.”

8 replies »

  1. All very well but when are Lancashire residents getting their council tax levies, increased to pay for the policing and enforcement of Cuadrilla’s intrusion into Lancashire, returned?

  2. Lancashire Police never needed to spend 13 million of our money in the first place to largely support Cuadrilla & pal Marquis against the clear will of the people of Fylde Coast and Lancashire. Clive Grunshaw stood by while police management over reacted to the situation.Perhaps that’s why Lancashire constabulary have received such a small refund.

  3. Lancashire residents followed democratic process, we lobbied our county council and they in turn stated that fracking would not happen in Lancashire. Sajid Javid then over ruled our county council, that was the death of democracy for Lancashire residents who were left with no other option other than to protest. The fracking caused numerous earth tremors, so much so that at present the Frackers have abandoned the site. Lancashire residents should not have to pay for the governments wrong doings.

  4. No protests, no obstruction, no Police, no money required. Why should the rest of the Country have to pay for the actions of a few protesters? And Cuadrilla would have packed up and gone a lot earlier.

    • Ahh, but that conveniently misses out the vital primary contributory causation factor that triggered the entire sorry cascade of events Paul.

      The correct primary event that triggered the consecutive cascading series of events is as follows:

      1. No invasion of oil and gas industry into a rural setting.
      2. Therfore no protest required.
      3. Therefore no obstruction required.
      4. Therefore no Police required.
      5. Therefore no money required.
      6. Therefore no requirement for the rest of the Country have to pay for the actions of a few oil and gas industry operators and the vastly over the top police presence?
      7. No damage to people’s property resulting from earthquakes caused by fracking.
      8. No need for the EA and the OGA to ban….oops!….enforce a moratorium on any further fracking operations countywide.
      9. No requirement for Cuadrilla to waste millions on a fruitless fracking operation that produced nothing but a few puffs of imported propane gas out of the flares.

      So you say that Cuadrilla would have packed up and gone a lot earlier? Would they really? Or are you saying that it was protest that did indeed hold up Cuadrilla from their fracking operations after all?

      Didn’t you say that protest had nothing to do with it? But that would be denying the natural human reaction to having a provenly dangerous and polluting oil and gas industry operation squatting in their midst wouldn’t it?

      The council and police reaction was well over the top wasn’t it. There was never any rhyme or reason to have, what was it, six vans and sixty police to intimidate, bully and assault mostly elderly and disabled peaceful protesters was it?

      That was their Draconian decision and displayed nothing more than bullying and violence and intimidation by the county council and the police.

      It has to be remembered that the Welsh police withdrew from the over the top police actions towards the protesters because they realised it was a primarily political and corporate operation to bully and intimidate, and not a justification for a policing operation at all. That they saw as outside of their jurisdiction remit and and withdrew their support and their presence.

      This entire attempt by the oil and gas industry, backed up by the county council and from direct orders from the police commissioner to control and manipulate the narative and demonise protest is all about relative perspective isn’t it……funny how we see that starkly presented so often on Drill or Drop isn’t it?.

      Like falling dominoes, nothing happens until the that first little push of the first domino. That was the arrival of Cuadrilla in order to frack in the first place.

      The rest is gravity and kinetic energy and human nature. Which was precisely what we saw. Problem, reaction and solution. The Hegelian dialectic illustrated in its extremely dodgy political and corporate context.

      Or is that all an April fools joke? Fascinating isn’t it ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls.

      Have a nice day.

      • Clearly got a lot of time on your hands PhilC. You could have said all that with ” No invasion of oil and gas industry into a rural setting.” Clear and concise points work best.

        Keep safe.

  5. A little fixated on time Paul? Too much time on your own hands perhaps? No old friend, i just enjoy myself while I wait for the next request to go out in the glorious spring sunshine (non fossil fuel sunshine that is)

    Perhaps you dont appreciate the glorious heretage of our English language? Too many syllables? My English language tutor used to say,

    “If something is worth saying,, it’s worth saying well”.

    Apparently you haven’t looked at the convoluted meandering contributions of your esteemed colleagues recently? Do they have too much time on their hands? Or are those excused from such criticism because you support them? Somewhat hypocrical if so? Funny that.

    But i said much much more than just that one comment didn’t I? Or didn’t the old attention span get you that far?

    I’ll repeat them for you here:

    Apologies Paul and Ruth for the repetition, but you can see why it is necessary.

    1. No invasion of oil and gas industry into a rural setting.
    2. Therfore no protest required.
    3. Therefore no obstruction required.
    4. Therefore no Police required.
    5. Therefore no money required.
    6. Therefore no requirement for the rest of the Country have to pay for the actions of a few oil and gas industry operators and the vastly over the top police presence?
    7. No damage to people’s property resulting from earthquakes caused by fracking.
    8. No need for the EA and the OGA to ban….oops!….enforce a moratorium on any further fracking operations countywide.
    9. No requirement for Cuadrilla to waste millions on a fruitless fracking operation that produced nothing but a few puffs of imported propane gas out of the flares.

    And then I said:

    “So you say that Cuadrilla would have packed up and gone a lot earlier? Would they really? Or are you saying that it was protest that did indeed hold up Cuadrilla from their fracking operations after all?

    Didn’t you say that protest had nothing to do with it? But that would be denying the natural human reaction to having a provenly dangerous and polluting oil and gas industry operation squatting in their midst wouldn’t it?

    The council and police reaction was well over the top wasn’t it. There was never any rhyme or reason to have, what was it, six vans and sixty police to intimidate, bully and assault mostly elderly and disabled peaceful protesters was it?

    That was their Draconian decision and displayed nothing more than bullying and violence and intimidation by the county council and the police.

    It has to be remembered that the Welsh police withdrew from the over the top police actions towards the protesters because they realised it was a primarily political and corporate operation to bully and intimidate, and not a justification for a policing operation at all. That they saw as outside of their jurisdiction remit and and withdrew their support and their presence.

    This entire attempt by the oil and gas industry, backed up by the county council and from direct orders from the police commissioner to control and manipulate the narative and demonise protest is all about relative perspective isn’t it……funny how we see that starkly presented so often on Drill or Drop isn’t it?.

    Like falling dominoes, nothing happens until the that first little push of the first domino. That was the arrival of Cuadrilla in order to frack in the first place.

    The rest is gravity and kinetic energy and human nature. Which was precisely what we saw. Problem, reaction and solution. The Hegelian dialectic illustrated in its extremely dodgy political and corporate context.”

    There you see, that was much much more than just that first comment wasn’t it. It all flows quite naturally from point No1 doesn’t it.

    Better now? Good, I’m always happy to help if you need clarification assistance again.

    Have a nice day tomorrow.

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