Residents march to Cuadrilla’s rig at Anna’s Road
As part of a national day of protest against Fracking, local residents from Lytham and St Annes’ met at St Anne’s railway station this morning for a good natured march to the rig at Anna’s Road. The weather was perfect – but then they do say that the sun shines on the righteous don’t they 🙂
The procession started off with a walk through St Anne’s town centre.
The police presence was light-hearted and good humoured and we all very much appreciated their help in ensuring the safety of all concerned as we crossed the various roads.
We made our way past Cypress Point where hundreds of houses are within sight of the well at Anna’s Road
As we approached Anna’s Road along the Moss road the Police felt it necessary to temporarily close the road , so we would all like to apologise to anyone who was inconvenienced. Judging from the number of car horns that honked their support we hope that most residents understood what was going on.
At Anna’s Road some people left us to make their way back while a number of us made our way down the muddy track to the rig. We reached the rig in the late afternoon sunshine to be welcomed by Cuadrilla – or at least by three of their employees standing in line behind the large steel mesh gate gate.
Well, perhaps welcomed was the wrong word. The refused to communicate with anybody beyond passing over a card with the number of their PR company on it. Bizarrely they were standing next to a sign saying “Welcome To Rig Nutton”, but they refused to answer when asked why it said that. Perhaps they are greener than we thing and are recycling old signs on the site.
As the procession arrived at the rig speakers from many of the local groups gave short speeches emphasising the fact that all of the groups share a common aim and that we all need to make our neighbours aware of what is coming our way. The procession then melted good-humouredly away.
A satisfying afternoon for all involved – just local residents trying to make a difference to protect the place in which we all live.