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No Fracking Near Bath – Foster & Crossley

July 29, 2014 by Don Foster MP in News.

Considerable concern has been expressed about the possibility of shale gas extraction through “fracking” in or around Bath. Research evidence has shown that fracking could damage the hot springs on which the tourism economy of Bath depends.

01 Federal Yellow Bird Black Text 2 Line Lib Dem 2009Following extensive lobbying by Bath’s MP Don Foster and Council Leader Cllr Paul Crossley, the Government has announced new restrictions which mean there is minimal chance of fracking taking place in or around Bath.

Commenting, Don Foster said: “Paul and I have worked hard with Secretary of State, Ed Davey MP, to ensure Bath residents now have a new package of protections to fend off anyone who thinks fracking in our area might be a good idea.”

Cllr Crossley added: “I’m delighted. The geological evidence we provided shows that fracking could lead to a significant disruption of hot water spring waters on which the tourism of the city depends and could damage the water pressure without which we could buildings in the city collapse.”

Don Foster and Paul Crossley have also pointed to the recently published maps which show that the three main areas where large amounts of shale gas exists lie nowhere near the city. (The closest one being in the South East corner of England, whilst the other two are in the North East of England and Scotland. You can see the maps by clicking here.)

Don Foster said; “with these new protections and evidence that the best sources of shale gas are nowhere near Bath, the message is clear, “if you want to frack, then look somewhere else.”

 

Jobs news gets better for Bath

Bath MP, Don Foster has welcomed the news that the number of unemployed claimants in Bath has continued to fall over the last year.

Steve at Paddy bashThe number of unemployed claimants in the Bath constituency in June 2014 was 775. This represents a rate of 1.8% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64. The number of claimants is 376 lower than in June 2013 and 88 lower that in May 2014.

Commenting Don Foster said: “This drop in unemployed claimants in Bath is a good indicator of the progress being made. There is a long way to go, but the economy is on the mend and jobs are crucial to building a stronger economy and a fairer society that allows everyone to get on in life.”

Locally, unemployment figures are well below the national average and regional average in Bath with unemployment standing at 5.2%. The national unemployment figure is just over 7% and the regional unemployment figure is 5.4%.

On a national lever, the employment rate has never been higher as the number of people in work reached a record high of 73.1% only hit once before in 2005.

Commenting further, Steve Bradley, Lib Dem PPC for Bath, added: “These figures are great news for Bath and highlight the great work being done by the Lib Dems both in Government and locally at the Council.”

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said between March and May 30.64m people were in work, 254,000 more than between December and February and 929,000 more than a year.

Number of people in work equals record high

The number of people in work in the UK has equalled a record high showing we are on the road to recovery, Don Foster MP said today.

IMG_3245The employment rate has never been higher as the number of people in work reached a record high of 73.1 per cent only hit once before in 2005.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said between March and May 30.64m people were in work, 254,000 more than between December and February and 929,000 more than a year earlier.

Commenting, Don Foster said: “Today’s news sends a powerful message that this country is on the road to recovery.

“More people up and down the country are in work as we build a stronger economy and a fairer society.”

Locally, unemployment figures are well below the national average and regional average in Bath with unemployment standing at 5.2%. The national unemployment figure is just over 7% and the regional unemployment figure is 5.4%

Commenting further, Steve Bradley, Lib Dem PPC for Bath: “These figures are great news for Bath and highlight the great work being done by the Lib Dems both in Government and locally at the Council.

“There are two million more people in private sector jobs, fewer unemployed young people and more women in work than ever before and thanks to the Lib Dems there have also been a record number of new apprenticeships.”