Council postpones fracking meeting

Pocklington Town Council's offices on George Street
Pocklington Town Council's offices on George Street

Pocklington Town Council has decided to postpone a meeting on fracking as it is unable to get anybody from the energy firm Cuadrilla to attend.

The meeting was due to be held yesterday (2 March) at the old courthouse, on George Street, Pocklington. Town clerk Richard Wood said: “We wanted a balanced meeting. We couldn’t get anybody from Cuadrilla to come along and speak. It’s postponed to later on in the year.”

Last December, the Government offered Cuadrilla Resources, in partnership with GDF Suez E&P UK, licences to explore for shale gas all over East Yorkshire, including land around Pocklington.

A spokesperson for Cuadrilla said: “We received a call last week from Richard Wood to see if we could attend a meeting this Wednesday. We looked at availability however at such short notice we were unable to field anyone and agreed with Richard that we would look at other opportunities further down the line.

“We are of course happy to offer informal briefings to councils, however, we are a small company and would ideally require a little more notice than a week. Even though we have not yet been officially awarded the licence we do understand people are keen to get the facts about fracking. My understanding is that we are working with Richard to look at future dates.”

A fracking information evening was recently held at Pocklington’s Christian Fellowship Church, on Chapmangate, which more than 150 residents attended.