Trafford Labour Group has reacted with disappointment to the news that the government has awarded an exploratory fracking licence to the company Ineos, covering much of the Altrincham area. The licence is the first step towards fracking taking place in Trafford and opens up the possibility of a planning application for the controversial process to begin in the Altrincham area.
Commenting on the decision Cllr Denise Western, the majority of whose Broadheath Ward falls within the licence area, said: 'The Labour Group is extremely concerned by the decision to award this licence. I have already been contacted by a number of residents really worried about what this will mean for the area. They are concerned about the safety of the process, the decision to award the licence in what is a highly populated area, and the potential impact on house prices. Everything I have read tells me that the technology is unproven and I absolutely can not support fracking taking place in Trafford until we know for certain that the process is safe.'
Cllr Catherine Hynes, Deputy Leader of the Labour Group, said: 'It's an outrage that the Tory Government have awarded this licence which could lead to fracking in a highly residential area. The Labour Group will be raising this issue with a motion at the next council meeting, and will expect all councillors to uphold the Council's previous position in opposition to fracking until it is proven safe.'