01 September 2018
Green Belt - Wrong housing in the wrong place.
Planning changes could increase Fracking.
Geological concerns over HS2 route.
24 July 2018
Local Greens tackle litter, Macclesfield health service under siege, Funding our schools.
19 June 2018
Litter, plastic and re-cycling.
27 April 2018
John Knight's April 2018 Talking Politics column for Macclesfield Express. Our beleaguered NHS.
19 March 2018
Cycle routes, fox hunting and fracking.
19 March 2018
John Knight's March 2018 Talking Politics column for Macclesfield Express. Potholes, buses and HS2.
06 March 2018
Alpraham resident Mark Sharkey has been selected as the Green Party's candidate to contest the Cheshire East by-election in Bunbury ward, to be held on 22nd March
27 December 2017
Macclesfield residents "very worried" about health services
15 November 2017
Cheshire East Council votes to withdraw most bus subsidies
25 September 2017
Greens challenge Energy Secretary after shock revelation from frackers Cuadrilla
Green Party of England and Wales co-leader Jonathan Bartley has today (21 June) sent a letter (below) to Greg Clarke MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, to highlight the Party’s far-reaching concerns for the safety of the local community in the vicinity of Cuadrilla’s exploratory fracking site at Preston New Road in Lancashire.
The letter follows a meeting between Bartley and two directors from Cuadrilla, where he put questions from the community to them. Bartley is concerned both by the lack of information about emergency plans provided to the residents and by significant questions over whether or not there is even an evacuation plan in the event of a well blow out or other accident.
“We’re calling on the Secretary not to make a decision over whether to grant a licence to frack until the matter has been investigated thoroughly and safety concerns are addressed. The fact that local residents don’t even know if there’s even a proper plan in place for emergencies - let alone evacuation - is deeply concerning.
“It would be completely unacceptable and be playing fast and loose with people’s safety to ignore these issues. The Secretary of State clearly shouldn’t make a decision on whether Cuadrilla should be allowed to frack until these serious questions are answered and the concerns of local people are addressed.”
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