Horwich and Blackrod Ward Councillor, Stephen Pickup, put forward a motion to Bolton Council condemning the Tories proposals to remove the Council’s powers on planning applications for fracking.

Highlighting his concerns, he said the proposals would allow fracking companies to start drilling in communities across England, without the need for planning permission.

The current planning framework for fracking provides an important regulatory process that protects communities.

Stating his own opposition to fracking, Stephen spoke of his grave concerns about the Tories proposals to treat fracking as permitted development.

The Motion was passed after all Labour Councillors voted for it.

Tory proposals to make fracking easier
Tory proposals to make fracking easier
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