Barminess is Back as Built in Clay Brent Seeks to Ban Fracking
I used to work for Brent and officers and some cllrs worked very hard to dispel the ‘barmy’ image, This story therefore greatly saddens me.
Brent LBC could become the first local authority in the country to ban fracking.
The London borough has announced it is looking at whether powers under the Localism or Planning acts will allow it to ban the controversial technique to mine gas.
If successful, Brent LBC will be the first council in the country to ban the process.
Brent LBC leader, Cllr Muhammed Butt said he would ‘do everything legally within my power’ to ensure the borough was ‘a frack free zone’.
‘While there may be advantages to fracking in some parts of the country, it would be dangerous and reckless for companies to start drilling in Brent,’ said council leader, Cllr Muhammed Butt.
‘I will do everything legally within my power to address the concerns of residents and keep Brent a frack-free zone.
‘Councils have significant and widespread powers, which allow us to stand up for the rights of residents. I am determined to use these powers to help reassure people that fracking in Brent will always be a non-starter.’
That should be a short and to the point reply from the head of planning. Ne we have no such powers and a blanket ban on anything without considering the evidence and material considerations particular to any individual case is contrary to planning law and the NPPF.
As an aside the BGS has no evidence that there is any fracking potential in the London basin.
This is the equivalent of Cleethorpes banning the Sex Pistols. Why would they ever wanted to play there?