Following the open debate I managed to have a quick natter with the Green Candidate, Andrew Cooper, who sits on Kirklees Council. Following the Fracking debate held by Yorkshire Post where this guy had said Kirklees Council had voted to 'ban' fracking I wanted to ask Andrew how they had 'done' this. Given that Scarborough Borough Council passed this issue over to the Environment and Economic Committee, or 'we dont want to talk about it'. Anyhow, here is some background . courtesy of T** P***** talking on a Climate Forum:
Kirklees Campaign Against Climate Change www.kirkleescampaignagainstclimatechange.wordpress.com
We are delighted that councillors voted to support the motion on fracking at the Town Hall last night. This gives the council an opportunity to develop a fracking policy and sends a signal to fracking companies that they are not welcome in this authority. It is a significant 'reply' to the government days after David Cameron announced that he would double business rates income for councils from fracking operations.
The motion was carried with 41 votes for and 21 votes against. The motion was supported by at least some councillors from four different parties or groupings. The majority Labour group was given a free vote.
A deputation of Kirklees residents attended the meeting on Wednesday 15th January to speak in support of the Green Party’s motion against fracking. The residents outlined the main reasons for opposing fracking, particularly the risks of ground water contamination and the increasing use of fossil fuels driving climate change. They explained the ways in which the government’s gas strategy is flawed: it will be unlikely to reduce bills, reduce our carbon footprint or increase our energy security.A lobby of councillors took place outside the Town Hall. Councillors were given a specially written letter from Friends of the Earth about the vote.
You can watch a webcast of the council meeting on http://www.kirklees.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/124274
You can watch the deputation from 6 mins 30 secs to 15 mins. You can watch the debate and vote on the motion from 3hours 35 mins to the end of the webcast. (4 hours 19 mins) We would like to thank all residents who attended lobbies at the Town Hall and spoke to councillors. We would also like to thank Friends of the Earth, Sheffield Campaign Against Climate Change and Sheffield Green Party for their advice and support throughout the process. Perhaps most of all, we would most like to thank Kirklees Green Party councillors for tabling the motion and for all councillors who voted for it.
Once again, Kirklees councillors have shown leadership on climate change and environmental responsibility. Alongside other councils they have set an example for local government nationally. We commend them on this vote. We look forward to seeing how Kirklees council's policy on fracking and coal bed methane develops and plan to maintain communication with the council on this important matter.
Meanwhile, for the EU May election, it is looking like a two horse race:
Also, Darren Hughes, Labour, added that Sheffield had a similar 'fracking' ban. That made sense given the amount of old mines in the area. I did express it was a shame that the Labour Party and Green Party could not form a coalition, and that the Labour Party had a policy of not working with other 'groups' although Ed Milliband, (at The Playhouse) did say it was about time they did. This needs to be followed up, along with a motion to the National Policy Forum this summer on pushing for European Regulation of the Internet. Might have to use a sidewinder.