Day: 21 February 2016

This is not one to miss! The Leader of Shropshire Council, Malcolm Pate, will be visiting Ludlow later this month to discuss the future of public services in the town and county. The Ludlow and Clee Local Joint Committee (LJC) will meet on Thursday 25 February at 7pm in the Elim Hall, Smithfield, Ludlow. Prior to the meeting, Malcolm Pate will visit the new Buttercross Museum, the Foyer and Ludlow Youth Centre.

Thanks to the dozens of people who have emailed me a standard letter expressing concerns about fracking. This polluting technology has no place on our small crowded island. It has no role in a world where countries are already being decimated by climate change. I’ve put forward a motion to Shropshire Council, seconded by Kevin Turley, to ask it to lobby for local control of fracking planning applications. The standard email was triggered by an article in the Telegraph. This revealed that energy secretary Amber Rudd, communities secretary Greg Clark and environment chief Liz Truss wrote to George Osborne last summer. They requested that fracking should to be brought into the Planning Act 2008 regime for national infrastructure projects. That would means that applications would not be determined locally but by the planning inspectorate in Bristol. We would lose all local control.

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