Following the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government’s decision to allow an appeal on fracking exploration, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said:

“Lancashire County Council councillors took a brave and ultimately correct decision on refusing permission for fracking exploration.

“Today’s decisions by the Communities Secretary shows complete and utter contempt for local decision-making and the will of local residents here in Lancashire.

“He has put big business interests ahead of resident’s interests.  No attempt at bribing residents with inducements of community benefits will reassure them this decision is the right one.

“Business interests have overridden substantial environmental damage or threats to resident’s safety.

“The belief this Conservative government has listened to local people and their elected representatives is laughable. Sajid Javid’s decision on fracking has killed off localism once and for all.”

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