17 April – Minutes

Minutes of Extra-Ordinary Meeting held in the Village Hall on 17 April 2018 at 7.00 p.m.

 1. Apologies for Absence: Jane Ramsden (JR), John Harrison (JH), Philip Marwood (PM), Pauline Durant (PD) [Treasurer/RFO], Alan Mitchell (AM)

Present: Peter.Smith (PS) [Chairman], Norman Lamb (NL) [Vice Chairman], Margaret Tierney (MT), Colin Wigglesworth (CW), Bruce Skinner (BS) [Clerk]

Members of the Public: Drs J & N Paveley, Mr & Mrs Heuck, Mr & Mrs Woollard, Mr Aspey, Mrs Hartley

2. Meeting Objective The published objective of the Meeting was to draft and pass a Resolution which reflects the ‘anti-fracking’ outcome of the village survey conducted by the Parish Council in 2016, by stating that the Parish Council opposes all fracking-related activities which have the potential to affect adversely the village and Parish of Settrington, its inhabitants and property.

If passed, this Resolution would be communicated to District and County Councils and our local MP, raise local awareness, and better enable the Parish Council to respond robustly to future planning applications.

3. Discussion

It was Proposed by the Chairman, Seconded by NL, and voted Unanimously by councillors present, to allow the members of the public present to speak at the meeting.

The Chairman welcomed the members of the public and apologised for the reduced attendance of parish councillors who had tendered their apologies for absence because of other commitments.

The Chairman introduced the meeting as follows:

‘At the last PC Meeting on 14 March, it was unanimously agreed that the points below, raised by Doctors J and N Paveley on the subject of INEOS seismic activity, should form the agenda for a PC meeting convened for that purpose.

– With INEOS now arranging/undertaking seismic surveys in our area we are interested to know what steps the parish council is planning to take to reflect the views of the people of the parish. A range of options are available, e.g. the views could be communicated to our local councillors and MP.

– Some Parish Councils have made a statement opposing fracking. It would be possible to liaise with other parish councils e.g. Leavening which has already taken some actions.

– We would welcome a discussion of what actions are planned and the time scales that will be worked to, since things are happening fast on the fracking front.


At the earlier November 2016 PC Meeting, whilst no Settrington councillor volunteered to be the Settrington PC’s link with Leavening PC’s Fracking Working Group, it was agreed that we should request to be copied on the minutes of its meetings – thus acknowledging the role of Leavening as the lead PC in the area on this topic.

At the end of March, Cllr. Mike Potter (who had organised a meeting at Leavening on 12 March on the subject of INEOS seismic activity – attended by PM and BS) copied interested PCs with a Motion recently passed by Leavening PC, suggesting that others may wish to amend it for use themselves.  We have done that with the draft Resolution below, which is offered as the basis for discussion at this meeting.’


 The Chairman commented that this is intended to be a focused Resolution, aimed at protecting the Parish from unwanted disruption and change; it would not be a statement opposing fracking per se. It would express opposition to fracking activities that affect the Parish, raise local awareness, and better enable the Parish Council to respond robustly to future planning applications.

Draft Resolution:

In view of concerns about:

  • the significant risks posed to children and adults in the Parish in terms of health and safety, as a consequence of increased heavy traffic movements through and around the village, noise and light pollution from exploratory and production work, and an unclear environmental and safety record
  • the potential for negative effects on land and property prices and
  • the risk to the peaceful enjoyment of our property and land

 

the Parish Council opposes all hydraulic fracturing activities that affect the people, land and property of the Parish of Settrington, and will communicate this opposition to the District and County Councils and our MP forthwith. 

The Chairman expressed his views on the subject of fracking as it could affect Settrington, asked the Councillors present to express theirs, and then opened the floor for views from the present members of the public.

With one clarifying amendment, after an illuminating, balanced, frank and non-contentious discussion, the draft Resolution was approved for formal consideration as follows:

In view of concerns about:

  • the significant risks posed to children and adults in the Parish in terms of health and safety, as a consequence of increased heavy traffic movements through and around the village, noise and light pollution from exploratory and production work, and an unclear environmental impact and safety record,
  • the potential for negative effects on land and property prices and
  • the risk to the peaceful enjoyment of our property and land

the Parish Council opposes all hydraulic fracturing activities that affect the people, land and property of the Parish of Settrington, and will communicate this opposition to the District and County Councils and our MP forthwith

Proposed: PS          Seconded: NL         Votes: Unanimous

Members of the public confirmed their agreement with the objective of the meeting, and that it had been met. There being no further business, the meeting closed at 7.37 p.m.