A valiant attempt by Bassetlaw District Councillor Tracey Taylor and her colleague Councillor Terasa Critchley to bring a little more public accountability to the activities of Bassetlaw District Council’s (BDC) Planning Committee came to nothing this week. The two Councillors called upon the Council to consider any future energy related projects at full committee meetings. This would have given the general public access to the meetings to hear how any such application was dealt with, as was the case with the Tinker Lane Scoping Request a month or so ago.
However the motion was effectively kicked into the long grass with an amendment that called for the planning committee to give the policy some considered thought over the next 6 months. This seems to be in line with the long awaited response from BDC on the question of whether enforcement action might be taken in connection with IGas’ presence at Tinker Lane where the situation was last described by BDC “In the meantime the Council (BDC) have no option other than to hold the matter in abeyance until the legalities of the use have been decided”. That long grass is clearly going to get quite congested around Bassetlaw as the expectations are that more applications for exploratory drilling are ‘in the pipeline’.