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Anti AND pro-fracking protesters gather in Blackpool as energy firm appeals decision not to frack

Protesters gather in Blackpool

Pro and anti-fracking protesters have gathered outside Blackpool Football club where the five-week hearing is taking place.

Energy firm Cuadrilla is appealing against the decision not to allow fracking at two sites in Lancashire.

The company wants to extract shale gas at Little Plumpton and Roseacre Wood, on the Fylde Coast.

In June 2015 Lancashire County Council rejected both planning applications.

The hearing is being chaired by a planning inspector but the final decision will be made by the Communities and Local Government Secretary, Greg Clark.

A public inquiry looking into the decision not to allow fracking in Lancashire has got underway.

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North west top for compensation claims

More money's been paid out in compensation claims against councils in the North West than anywhere else in the country. Nearly 22 million pounds has been claimed since 2013. The TaxPayers' Alliance say the figures suggest authorities are failing to deliver services like road maintenance.

Road maintenance complaints are a particular problem Credit: pa

The compensation culture is costing taxpayers dear and every pound spent on settlements or higher insurance premiums is a pound that isn't spent on essential services such as road maintenance or social care.

– Jonathan Isaby, Taxpayers Alliance

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Anti-fracking protesters stand firm as police and bailiffs move in to evict them

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Police officers and bailiffs have moved in to an anti-fracking site near to Chester to enforce an eviction order issued by the High Court.

Police officers out in force at the Upton anti-fracking camp Credit: ITV News

The site, leased by fracking company IGas Energy, is situated on Duttons Lane, in Upton, Cheshire, and is the longest running anti-fracking camp in the country.

It has been fortified with tunnels, tree houses and a moat.

The move by police and bailiffs comes two months after protesters were ordered to leave so drilling could begin.

The protesters have now locked themselves in tunnels and on high platforms to slow down the eviction process.

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