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Anti-Fracking campaigners back in court

Credit: Frack Free Lancashire

Campaigners fighting a Government decision to approve plans to frack at a site in Lancashire are back in court later. Their case will be heard at the Court of Appeal in London after it was defeated at the High Court earlier this year. The Preston New Road Action Group says the Government's over-ruling of a council decision to reject the planning application at the site near Blackpool was unlawful.


Warehouse staff to strike in row over redundancies

Argos distribution centre, Eccles Credit: pa

Warehouse workers at retail giant Argos are to stage a three-week strike in a dispute over redundancy arrangements.

Members of the Unite union at sites across the UK, including Greater Manchester, will walk out on August 15 after a row flared over the transfer of hundreds of workers between sites in Leicestershire and Northamptonshire.

Unite warned that the strike at sites in Essex, Somerset, West Yorkshire, Greater Manchester and Burton-on-Trent will affect deliveries, but this was denied by the company. An Argos spokesman told the Press Association "We're disappointed with the union's actions, which are based on unreasonable demands and are wholly unnecessary. Customers can be reassured that we have full contingency plans in place.


Protest at planned power plant

More than a thousand people have signed a petition to stop plans for a gas power plant near Old Hutton, in Cumbria..

Developer, Stratera Energy, says the site is ideally located next to a substation and could provide much needed electricity, but local people say it's in the wrong place. Chris Nelson is from the action group Stop Old Hutton Power Station.

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