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Go-ahead given for drilling wells

Planning permission for up to two drilling wells at West Newton has been granted at a meeting of East Riding of Yorkshire council.

Campaigners gathered outside the council meeting in Beverley. They are opposed to fracking and staged a protest as the planning committee met to discuss proposals for an exploratory oil and gas well site at West Newton.

Campaigners gather outside meeting
Meeting about to start



Funding approved for Harrogate railway station refurbishment plan

Plans to invest up to £35,000 to put together a refurbishment plan for Harrogate railway station have been approved.

North Yorkshire County Council has been preparing the case for electrification of the Harrogate line Credit: Press Association

North Yorkshire County Council will appoint consultants to put together proposals for a refurbished railway station as well as improvements to the area around the station.

Harrogate is the busiest station in the county and over recent years has seen usage grow by over 20 per cent.

– David Bowe, North Yorkshire County Council

This initiative follows last week’s announcement by the government’s Electrification Task Force that the Harrogate line is in the top tier of schemes for future electrification.

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