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Fracking ban plans for North Yorkshire

There are calls for a five-year ban on fracking in parts of North Yorkshire.

A fracking site at Kirby Misperton
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Rydale District Council's Conservative group is today expected to put forward opposition to shale gas extraction in the area, saying there's a "lack of evidence" about its impact.

If it's agreed, the moratorium would put the group at odds with the government, which supports fracking.

Third Energy, which had planned to frack for shale gas at Kirby Misperton, near Pickering, says that won't be happening before the end of this year.

Smoke-free play areas scheme for Ryedale

Smoking in children's play areas across part of North Yorkshire has been banned as part of a push to stop children thinking it's normal to see parents with cigarettes.


Public health officials are backing the plan to make nearly 20 playgrounds in Ryedale smoke-free.

The district has the third highest number of deaths from smoking in North Yorkshire.

Michael Cleary, chair of Ryedale District Council, says: "It's a push to say actually it's not normal to smoke anywhere.

"Play areas are supposed to be fun and healthy places for our children, spaces where they can enjoy being active, outdoors in the fresh air.

"As local communities, we have to pull together to protect these precious places for our children, and to reduce the likelihood young people will start smoking in the first place.

"This campaign is the first step towards achieving this.”

Local elections: No majority in Ryedale

No single party has manage to win a majority in the local elections in Ryedale.

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The Conservatives secured 12 seats while independents took 11.

Of the remaining seven seats five went to the Liberal Party and two to the Liberal Democrats.

First election results for York and North Yorkshire

The first results are coming through in York and North Yorkshire's local elections.

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The first ward to declare was Tanfield, where David Anthony Webster of the Conservative Party was elected with 600 votes.

In Ryedale, Steve Mason has taken the Amotherby ward for the Liberal democrats from the Conservatives.

Councillor Mason is a member of Frack Free United and his ward includes Kirby Misperton, where Third Energy plans to frack.

In Selby, Labour has held its three seats in the Selby East ward, while the Conservatives have held Thorpe Willoughby, Cawood and Wistow.

Meanwhile City of York Council says turnout at the local elections is provisionally at just over 40%, which is higher than previous votes.

Other counts in North Yorkshire are due to declare through the afternoon.

£100,000 litter scheme for parts of Yorkshire

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More than £100,000 is to be spent on cleaning up some of Yorkshire's streets.

York bin

The government says the one-off funding will help provide training for residents on how to remove graffiti, tackle fly-tipping and organise tidying events as well as paying for equipment.

Several communities in York will receive more than £36,000 between them towards cleaning up high streets in the city.

As part of the scheme, Selby District Council has been awarded £15,406 of funding, the East Riding of Yorkshire Council is being given £59,262 and Ryedale District Council £9,521.

Fracking firm hopes to expand North Yorkshire operations

One of the companies behind long-delayed plans to frack for shale gas in North Yorkshire now says it wants to expand its operation.

Kirby Misperton

Updating its licences with the Oil and Gas Authority, Third Energy has set out plans which include fracking at its existing well at Kirby Misperton, near Pickering, by the end of this year.

The firm also says it wants to then drill a well a year in Ryedale by the end of 2022, including a 1,000m well which it would frack by the end of September next year and a 3,000m well by the end of September 2021.

According to its updated licence, Third Energy also wants to drill and frack a fourth well in the area by the end of December 2022.

The company still needs to pass the government's financial resilience test before it can get the go-ahead for any fracking to take place in Ryedale.

Steve Mason, from the campaign group Frack Free Ryedale, says: "This reinforces the case we've always been saying, that this isn't about just one well, it's about multiple wells, multiple sites, which could seriously impact Ryedale."