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Protesters win fracking battle with Bolton firm

February 6, 2017

Anti-fracking protesters scored a victory in the war against Fracking. 

      Photography by Philip Malone


The protesters who demanded Bolton based firm Armstrong Aggregates withdraw from the supply of materials to a fracking site on Preston New road in Little Plumpton, Lancashire celebrated victory when their demands were met this afternoon.


The company has been supplying building materials from Montcliffe quarry on Georges Lane Horwich as part of a £1.5 million deal between Fracking company Caudrilla and A E Yates Ltd. Anti-Fracking protesters led by Bolton Against Fracking (BAF) have also been protesting at the A E Yates site in Lostock over the last few weeks and have demanded that the company also withdraws from the Preston New road site.


A number of protesters arrived at the Armstrong Aggregates Montcliffe quarry at 6:30am this morning with banners and Placards before slow walking the trucks out of the site causing disruption to the firm.

Later in the afternoon a note was issued from Armstrong Aggregates confirming they had made a decision to terminate work with A E Yates and Cuadrilla. The note said 



“We have made the decision at 1pm today to terminate all work at Wood Plumpton with AE Yates and Cuadrilla.” 

It is reported that the note contained an error and was later re-issued with the words "Little Plumpton"  The note was signed by Director David Armstrong


A spokesperson for the campaign said "We are delighted with today's outcome but now we must make sure that Armstrongs do not  go back on their word. We hope A E Yates and any other companies who are supplying in to the Cuadrilla site take the same actions as Armstrongs did today"

        Photography by Philip Malone


A number of groups and individuals have pledged to continue the fight against fracking with further actions against A E Yates in the near future.





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