Campaigners call for East Riding of Yorkshire Council to declare 'climate emergency'

Campaigners outside East Riding of Yorkshire Council premises Credit: ITV News Calendar

Environmental campaigners have gathered in Beverley to call on council bosses to declare a "climate emergency" and withdraw its support for an oil and gas drilling site in East Yorkshire.

Protesters brought placards to County Hall ahead of an East Riding of Yorkshire Council meeting.

There, a motion had been brought by the Yorkshire Party, calling on councillors to do more to prevent climate change and the burning of fossil fuels.

It comes after it was announced Rathlin Energy has discovered potentially the biggest onshore gas reserve in the UK at its site in West Newton. The firm insists it has no intention to frack for gas and says its drilling meets environmental standards.

Nobody from the council was available to comment.