Lancashire business leaders to local council: "Give shale a chance."

A group of local business leaders in an open letter today (8th January 2015) have urged Lancashire County Council to grant permission for the development of two exploratory wells in Lancashire.

More than 100 business leaders from across the North West region argue that natural gas from shale will create thousands of jobs and improve local wages through access to a £33 billion supply chain that will be generated by the industry. 

The business leaders add that “tangible benefits are already felt with the Government announcement for a new £10 million national energy college based at Blackpool – allowing for the training of the next generation of highly-skilled workers in our region.”

The letter comes as a recent Johnston Press poll highlighted a clear majority of 57% in Lancashire want to see shale gas development in the Fylde Coast a chance.

Notable signatories of the letter include Claire Smith, President of Stay Blackpool, Babs Murhpy, Chief Executive of the North & Western Chambers of Commerce, and John Kersey, Lancashire branch Chairman of the Institute of Directors.

Lancashire County Council will be determining the planning applications on two proposed shale gas exploration sites at the end of January, one at Little Plumpton and the second at Roseacre Wood. The Environment Agency has announced it is minded to grant the necessary permits required for both sites.

With the Council due to vote on the future of natural gas from shale in the region by the end of the month, local business leaders are set to host a rally for supporters tonight in Blackpool.

Claire Smith, President of Stay Blackpool, which represents over 200 B&Bs and hoteliers in the Blackpool Bay area, said:-

“The exploration and potential for development of natural gas from shale presents a once in a generation opportunity to harness the benefits that a new supply of gas could create for jobs in the Lancashire region. I believe that natural gas from our region’s shale can be the next chapter in the North West’s proud 250 year old industrial story and we must all get behind the Bowland Basin to make this a reality.” 

Babs Murphy, Chief Executive of the North & Western Lancashire Chambers of Commerce, said:-

“Natural gas from Lancashire shale represents an opportunity to boost skilled employment and stimulate our local economy – providing a sound basis for long-term economic growth in the North West.

“In light of what this could mean for jobs, local investment and taxes, I urge all businesses in the region to get behind the development of natural gas from shale.”

ENDS

1)       Notes to the editors:-

For further information or comment please contact Maurice Cousins on info@nwenergy.org.uk 

This letter was co-ordinated by the North West Energy Task Force, a coalition of over 500 businesses, economists, academics and local communities. The Task Force is supported by both Centrica Energy and Cuadrilla Resources.

Johnston Press poll (20th October 2014): http://www.lep.co.uk/news/business/business/was-decision-over-lancashire-s-fracking-plans-right-1-6904912  

2)       The letter signed by 116 businesses published in the Blackpool Gazette:-

“Independent economic evidence shows that natural gas from shale will create thousands of jobs and improve local wages through access to a new £33 billion supply chain.

Tangible benefits are already being felt with the Government announcement for a new £10 million national energy college based in Blackpool – allowing for the training of the next generation of highly-skilled workers in our region.

A recent Johnston Press poll highlighted a clear majority of 57% in Lancashire want to see shale gas development in the Fylde Coast.

We therefore call on Lancashire County Council to grant permission for the development of two exploratory wells in Lancashire. It is time to give shale a chance.”

 The signatories:-

 

1 John Beswick Marriott Drilling Group
2 Jeff Bibby English Lounge
3 Andrew Yule Sprint Employment Services
4 Peter Worthington Builders Suppliers Ltd
5 Charlie Woodcock Morrisy House
6 Paul Wood Brian Royd Mills
7 Jim Wood Turner EPS Limited
8 Andy Wood Roughwood Consultancy
9 Philip Wilson Tutis Concepts
10 Simon Whittaker Sagar Insurances
11 Peter Webbon James Walker
12 David Webb Langtrys
13 Les Webb Kenyon Transport Warehousing Distribution
14 Jane Watson JC Altham and Sons (Lancaster) Ltd
15 Peter J Walton Waltons Coach hire
16 Chris Wade TNP
17 Stuart Thompson Thompson Motor Group
18 Steve Thompsett Capita
19 Norman Tenray Obas UK
20 Roy Taylor Taylor Durrant
21 Simon Talbot Ground Gas Solutions
22 Chris Snow D Morgan PLC
23 J William Smith Glen Garth Guest House
24 Mark Smith Number One South Beach Hotel
25 Claire Smith Stay Blackpool
26 Jon Slater Slater Safety Supplies
27 Sue Shalloe Preston Antiques Centre
28 Paul Sergeant Nutexa Frictions Ltd
29 Marcus Saul Aggreko UK Ltd
30 Greig Sandiford MBW Ltd
31 Barrie Russell Protec Fire Detection PLC
32 James Rudd NSG Environmental Lid
33 Kalpana Robinson The Address
34 Coral Rigby Fylde Home Search
35 Wayne Richardson Richardson Traction Ltd
 
36 Tony Raynor Abbey Telecom
37 Susan Rashid Supply Chain Consultants Ltd
38 Steve Pye 3e Partnership
39 Lee Petts Remsol Waste
40 Helen Pendlebury Scossa
41 Gordon Owen North West Aerospace Alliance
42 Brian Morris Data TV
43 Babs Murphy North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce
44 Janette Mitchell Gweryd Lakes Fishing
45 Peter Merrick A.M. SEAFOODS LTD
46 Tony Mekwinski Tyres Ltd
47 Frank McLaughlin NWETF
48 Neil McArthur Oyster Eco Build
49 Andrew Lyons Simplitech
50 Gary Lovatt FSB Federation of Small Businesses
51 Sybaris Lomax- Dwent The Berkeley
52 Stuart Livesey Delta Imperial Credit
53 Peter Liptrot Tannahill Reay
54 Paul Linderman Paul Linderman Lettings
55 Brian Knaggs BSK Landscapes
56 Steven Kirkpatrick Kirk Signs
57 John Kersey NWETF
58 Ian Kenyon ANDREW INDUSTRIES LTD
59 Barbara Keighley Supply Chain Consultants Ltd
60 Adam Kaley Aegis Services Limited
61 David Judge Cormar Carpets
62 David Ingham AMEY
63 Susan Howarth The Roebuck Inn
64 Steven Horsfall Summerfield Residential Home
65 Anita Hickey Claybank Motor Co
66 Paul Hennessey ATG UV Technology
67 Day Hazlewood Hoben International Ltd
68 Mary Harrison Ash Lodge
69 Brian Harper Mini Sport Ltd/Motorsport Advanced Developments.
70 Steve Griffin Sussex Hotel
71 Michael Grewcock Burbage Holiday Group
72 Stuart Gregory Grime Busters
73 Rob Green NWETF
74 Michael Greaves Primrose Bank
75 Ronnie Grant Apex Tubulars Ltd
76 Ian Godfrey ProVu Communications
77 Peter Glover JDS TRUCKS LTD
78 Damien Gibbs Butson Blofield
79 Jim Gerraty Garstang Truck Bodies Ltd
80 David Gaster David Andrew's
81 Vicki Gale The Wilton Hotel
82 Callum Flynn Charles Maxwell
83 Allan Ferguson LEAROYD PACKAGING (HOLDINGS) LTD
84 stephen Fazakerley The Arthington
85 David Evans Clifton Marsh Power
86 Chris Evans  
87 Mark Errington City Distribution Ltd
88 Gary East O'Connell East
89 Michael Dowling The Fern Royd
90 Bill Dixon- Phillip Circular Mailing Services
91 Mark Diggory Dale Farm Day Centre
92 Christine Daly Sheron Guest House
93 Alan Cumpsty Verdo Hotel
94 Dugald Craig D H STAINLESS LTD
95 Stuart Cornthwaite CORNTHWAITE HOLDINGS LTD
96 Melissa Conlon Preston College
97 Benjamin Clements EMERSON & RENWICK LTD
98 Nick Campbell NWETF
99 Judith Campbell Beauchief Hotel
100 John Burdett Leyland Rubber Components
101 Sanda Bulgin Bona Vista Hotel
102 Geoff Bulgin Bona Vista Hotel
103 Philip Brown The Holmsdale Hotel
104 Ida Brown The Holmsdale Hotel
105 Roy Braidwood Roy Braidwood & Sons Transport Ltd
106 Steve Bradshaw Teese Ltd
107 Jeff Bradley Moor Hall Farm
108 Gary Bond Barn Owl Produce
109 David Berry C & W BERRY LTD
110 Nigel Beevers Assist Management Consultants Ltd
111 Christopher Baybutt GREENBANK GROUP HOLDINGS LTD
112 Thomas Battelle The Berwick
113 Gul Baloch Kcut Limited
114 Glen Andrews G Andrews & Co Ltd
115 P Wrench APG Precision Engineering & Fabrication Ltd
116 Ms Wragg Wragg Business

 

 

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