Posted by: westlancashirerecord | April 30, 2018

Aughton Candidate Will Fight Fracking

With a “no backsliding” statement Labour candidate Steve Kirrelly will campaign to fight fracking if he is elected to Aughton & Downholland on Thursday . He will join Halsall Labour Cllr Maureen Mills, seen at the stall against  fracking that led to Westley whinging to police about it, as they claim fracking to be environmentally unsound and potentially hugely damaging locally. The scoping site on Downholland Moss in reality entails drilling up to 1.5 kilometres horizontally from the well head.

He takes us on a journey down memory lane by recalling Andrew Johnson the last Labour councillor to represent Downholland ward until its merger into Aughton & Downholland in 2002. He was a consultant surgeon to Ormskirk Hospital in Lancashire in 1978. He retired from the hospital in 1999 and was immediately afterwards appointed chairman of Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust where he served for seven years. In 1990 he was elected to West Lancashire District Council, representing the Downholland ward for 12 years. He was a member of the front bench team for 4 years and chairman of council in 2000.

After his Downholland seat was merged with the more Conservative Aughton in the boundary changes, O’Toole, Atherley and Westley were elected. Kirrelly wants just one hat to wear, O’Toole wears so many we lose count of them, and he told Halsall Parish Council “Finally I must mention concerns over planning applications which may result in fracking in parts of West Lancashire. I have deliberately not commented on this subject other than to say that I will take serious note of the residents’ concerns. I am not a member of the Development Control Committee at County Hall and have no vote on that Committee”. So what, an inclination of his thoughts is not predetermination. He might be best “retired” from Aughton & Downholland to concentrate on his publicly paid whipping/member duties at LCC while Kirrelly serves locally?

Kirrelly also has a pop at the “Conservative Greenbelt Panic”. Parrs Lane, the site that Labour fought to save from developers . It can make or break political careers in Aughton.

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