Newsletter – February 2019

Latest news

Sheffield takes tough stand against fracking

Sheffield has taken a formal stand against fracking with a new council policy that automatically opposes it.

The council will write into its planning policies a ‘presumption’ against any request to drill for shale gas – which means it will take an automatic stand against fracking.

Sheffield now joins the ten local authorities that make up Greater Manchester who have all adopted a region-wide policy of opposition to fracking.


Planning consent at Roseacre Wood refused

Earlier in February, opponents of Cuadrilla’s plans to frack at a second site near Blackpool were celebrating the government’s decision to refuse permission.

The local government secretary, James Brokenshire, announced at lunchtime on 12 February that he was refusing planning consent on highway safety grounds for drilling and fracking at Roseacre Wood.


Mission to save Misson

Fracking equipment was delivered to IGas’ at their Misson Springs site in January, after they failed to find any shale gas at Tinker Lane.

Help is needed at the gates to the site on a daily basis – even just stopping to say hello and show your support is much appreciated.

Rebecca Long-Bailey MP, shadow secretary of state for business energy and industrial strategy, will be visiting the Misson Springs site on 28 March to show solidarity with the protectors. Please come along if you can.

To stay updated on the situation and to get involved, please follow Frack Free Misson on Facebook.


Upcoming events

Sheffield Against Fracking monthly meeting

Tuesday 5th March 2019
Central URC Church, 60 Norfolk Street, Sheffield S1 2JB

All are welcome to attend. Please let us know if you can make it at the Facebook event or by email.

Protest and Creative Actions

Saturday 9th March 2019
Harthill Village Hall, S26 7UL

There comes a time in most campaigns where in order for a community to defend itself, protest and creative action is needed. This workshop explores the attitudes and skills people can use to be more confident in a protest situation and to make creative actions more enjoyable and more effective. It will also look at your rights and power.

This is a free event but booking is required online.
Full details on Facebook

Craftivism: The Art of Protest

Monday 11th March 2019
The Octagon Centre, Clarkson Street, Sheffield S10 2TQ

The ability to express opinions and hopes for the future in a creative and engaging way is an essential tool for all forms of activism. People & Planet, the SU’s Environmental and Human Rights Activist Society, invite you to come along to a workshop to learn about some inspiring examples of craftivism in action to get the creativity flowing, before designing and bringing to life your own banner, flag, drawing, costume, cartoon or whatever other form of opinion expression you can imagine. Lots of supplies will be provided but feel free to bring some along and wear suitable clothing.

This is a free event but booking is required – tickets can be reserved in person from the SU Box Office. 
Full details on Facebook

ECO-EXPO@High Storrs

Saturday 23rd March 2019
High Storrs School, High Storrs Road, Sheffield S11 7LH

If you’re thinking of going green, or if you’re already on board with this hot topic, the ECO-EXPO@High Storrs is a one-stop-shop for individuals and families who are looking for a more sustainable lifestyle. Featuring a ‘big switch’ exhibition, green market, seminars and speakers on topics such as climate change and the plastic crisis.

Donations on the door. All money raised goes back in to High Storrs to improve the school’s eco-credentials. 
Full details on Facebook

Folk and Blues Evening

Friday 29th March 2019
Dinnington Resource Centre, 131 Laughton Rd, Dinnington S25 2PP

Live music event in support of Woodsetts Against Fracking. This night is about the music and the WAF team are leaving their soapboxes at home, putting their listening ears on and getting ready to join you for a great night of fantastic sounds. Refreshments from the Resource Centre Bar are at hand to help the vibe. Ticket £11.25 each. 
Full details on Facebook

Frack Free Festival

Saturday 30th March – Monday 1st April
Various events and venues

Fighting Fracking on Fossil Fool’s Day: Family friendly weekend for local communities working together to challenge the fracking threat. The festival will be full of workshops and skill-sharing sessions from normal people with extraordinary experience in campaigning against fracking, and dedicated trainers with years of experience. There will also be space for discussions, performances, action planning and opportunities to learn what’s been happening on the front lines of frack free campaigning.
Full details on Facebook

Get involved

WE NEED YOU to help with the fight against fracking. Come and join us at one of our events. We’d love to meet you.

Learn from the SAF team and help spread the word. Have fun, eat cake, blow bubbles, play with dinosaurs and more.

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