An important message from FrackFreeDudleston


We all have a short space of time to object to the Coal Bed Methane (CBM) test drill application. The deadline for comments is currently 14th July, but may be extended slightly. To show that almost all of the local community is against this application, we need as many people as possible to lodge their objection. If every adult in the area were to make a straightforward statement indicating their objection then it would send a very powerful message to Shropshire Council.

Why do we recommend that you Object?

Many people have attended one of the public meetings and will have heard the debate. At the national level the push for Unconventional Gas (mainly CBM and shale fracking) is still very questionable. It will not lower consumer prices and will require huge investment in a resource that will be used up relatively quickly. We do need investment in alternative power options, but by backing Unconventional Gas the Government is diverting investment from clean renewable power that lasts for centuries.

At the local level, the coal beds under North Shropshire are described by the Government as not being good for CBM. They are very thin (the test well is targeting a seam that is only 21.6cm thick), heavily fractured and too close to former mine workings to be safely exploited. We will suffer significant inconvenience, pollution and loss of property values for something that is likely to end up achieving nothing for the country.

If you have any questions about why, please email

How to Object

You can object online at and then search for ref 14/02730/MAW. Alternatively you can object by post, sending it to Kelvin Hall, Planning Dept, Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury SY2 6ND. You must quote the reference 14/02730/MAW and state clearly that you OBJECT.

Full instructions are at go to Planning Objections and there is a direct link to the planning portal.

Every adult can object, but duplicate or carbon copies will be considered as just one.

If you would like us to help please phone us on 07726 883444 and leave a message with your name and phone number. We can pop along and see you or give advice over the phone. It only takes a few minutes to object but your objection will make all the difference.

This is an application for test drilling only and will not involve fracking.


Drop In Sessions

We have had requests from residents wanting some help with their objections

letters so as promised we will be at Criftins Parish Hall at the following times:

–  Friday 4th July at 10.30am to 12.30pm

–  Monday 7th July at 2pm to 4pm

–  Tuesday 8th July at 6.30pm to 8pm


Objection Guidelines

If you want to object to the test drill then these pointers might be useful to ensure that your objection includes reasons that are considered valid by planning. Please use your own words as much as possible.

Landscape, Visual and Environmental

  • Visual impact: At between 18m and 27m high the drilling rig will be prominent and unsightly
  • Drilling an 850m hole, leaving behind a permanent concrete substructure encased in steel is not temporary nor does it enhance, protect or conserve the local environment


  • The drilling rig will be in use 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and will be extremely noisy. The nearest residential properties are under 400m away


  • Dust, seepage, onsite equipment and heavy traffic will create considerable amounts of pollution. This area currently enjoys clean air.


  • The drill rig will be floodlit to allow 24×7 operation.


  • Heavy movements through St Martins and/or Ellesmere • Site joins the B5068 at a spot that has had fatal accidents

Agricultural land, not industrial

  • The test drilling is temporary and technically classed as agricultural however the extraction well stage will be industrial and widespread across the area
  • Australia introduced a 2km rule: No CBM with 2km of people or cows


  • No local jobs are created by the test drilling, however local employers may well start looking at relocating their businesses rather than risk finding themselves in the middle of a future gas extraction area
  • The planning application promises a spend of £250k within 30 miles of the site with no indication of what would be covered. Local people will lose far more than this from the value of their properties
It is time to object