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Issue:- Saturday, 7 November 2015

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Vote on fracking expected imminently

THE 'BBC Today' programme has reported that the House of Commons vote on fracking may come any day now. The government has been accused of using an obscure parliamentary process to bring in the regulations that allow fracking to take place under National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and World Heritage Sites. The government will not be drawn on exactly when the vote will be and is still refusing a full debate. This is furthering accusations that the government is pushing the regulations through the parliamentary process hastily and without scrutiny. Hannah Martin, Greenpeace campaigner said:- "The government is sneaking these regulations through the back door, not keeping its promise of a ban on fracking in protected areas and not allowing a full debate in the House of Commons. This is disgraceful given that these are highly controversial proposals that could bring air, light, water and noise pollution to national parks, World Heritage Sites and wildlife conservation areas. The government's unwavering support for fracking doesn't make economic or environmental sense. Fracking pollution will mean flares, drilling rigs, and heavy lorries polluting the air, spilling over and scarring our most scenic and precious landscapes. Fracking won't cut bills for people. it won't bring many new jobs for local residents. But it will likely knock down the value of families' homes, damage tourism and contribute to climate change. Fracked gas is not necessary to power the UK. Even though the government is using every trick in the book to usher fracking in as quickly as possible, it would only deliver gas in a decade and is enormously expensive, requiring huge tax breaks for the industry. We need to be sourcing most of power from Renewable energy by then. People who love and live in the spectacular countryside and nature near the Peak District, the North York Moors, the South Downs, and who care about climate change will not stand for a government which is only listening to the fracking industry lobbyists, and riding roughshod over local wishes to industrialise our most beautiful scenery and damage the climate."  Greenpeace point to emails disclosed under the Freedom of Information act, that show Celtique Energy wrote to then energy minister Matthew Hancock in August 2014 to express concern at government plans to make it more difficult for fracking firms to drill in national parks.  The company's chief executive Geoff Davis wrote on August 1 2014 that the plans would make it "difficult" for the firm to explore for shale gas in West Sussex.  Davis wrote:- "we are concerned and confused by last week's government statements, which have been portrayed in the media as blocking shale exploration in national parks and AONB [areas of outstanding natural beauty].  As you will no doubt appreciate this will make it even more difficult for Celtique to explore in the Weald and apply in the 14th Landward Round. This would be shame, given the very large area covered by national parks and AONB."

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Deceased estates notice - Lilian May Jackam

Pursuant to the Trustee Act 1925, any persons having a claim against or an interest in the Estate of Lilian May Jackam (also known as Lillian May) Jackam (Deceased), late of Birch Abbey Rest Home, 55 Alexandra Road, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 9HD, UK, who died on 04/10/2018, are required to send particulars thereof in writing, to the undersigned Solicitors, on or before 24/05/2019, after which date the Estate will be distributed having regard only to claims and interests of which they have had notice. Churches Solicitors, 12 High Street, Fareham, Hampshire, PO16 7BL, UK. Ref:- 'T553015.'

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