I WOULD like to say how much I agree with the letter from Dr Peter Williams “A concern for MP” in the Gazette & Herald, February 27.

I too wish to be reassured by my MP Kevin Hollinrake that the weakening of all protection from the results of fracking will not be compromised by Ineos.

Our drinking water would be at risk from fracking, as one frack uses as much water as is in two large swimming pools and damaged aquifers can never be repaired.

Ineos holds the most licences (PEDLs) in England to explore for shale gas, mainly in the North. Ryedale being one of its targets.

The founder and owner Jim Ratcliffe is the richest man in Britain with an estimated wealth of £21 billion and he wants more. He now lives in Monaco and is not a British taxpayer.

As Dr Williams states, fracking will not bring financial benefits to our communities. Ineos only want shale gas for the production of cheap plastics.

As there is now very well researched knowledge of the problems of plastic pollution in all of our seas, it would be the height of irresponsibility for Government to allow any fracking to go ahead, let alone relax “gold standard” rules.

We have enough gas for our needs from conventional extraction up until the 2030s. These are our Government’s own figures. Third Energy please take note.

Just recently, it has been reported that in parts of China where fracking is being carried out, earthquakes of over 4.50 on the Richter scale have occurred, resulting in two deaths, many injuries and very many homes wrecked.

We don’t want this in our land, ever.

Sue Cuthbert,


Confusing world

WHILE our attention is directed towards “extremism” in the Labour Party, the cultural Marxism of David Cameron’s Big Society silently continues its destruction against traditional values under Theresa May.

As if the world is not confusing enough already for young people, the latest government creation, the Minister for Suicide Prevention (sic), is going to be busy picking up the damaged pieces created by the current Politburo.

As the late Lord Hailsham wrote “Parliament is constantly making mistakes and could in theory become the most oppressive instrument in the world”. Mistakes or deliberate?

It just needs enough supine MPs like Kevin Hollinrake to vote the way they are told and job done.

Martin Cruttwell, Scrayingham

Pitch in for charity

IF you love a game of golf, then why not pitch in for a good cause this year?

Par for Parkinson’s is a fundraiser that gives you the opportunity to create your own golfing event to raise vital funds for charity Parkinson’s UK. Whether you want to organise a golf competition, take on a Three Course Challenge, or hold a golf quiz night, there’s something for all golf fans.

The money raised for Par for Parkinson’s will fund charity Parkinson’s UK’s research to help find a cure and improve the lives of people with Parkinson’s.

Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition that affects 145,000 people in the UK, including an estimated 5,800 people in the North East.

Parkinson’s UK is the leading charity driving better care, treatments and quality of life for those with the condition.

Its mission is to find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson’s through cutting edge research, information, support and campaigning.

Parkinson’s UK estimate that there are more than 40 symptoms of the condition.

As well as the most widely known symptom - tremor - these range from physical symptoms like muscle stiffness to depression, anxiety, hallucinations, memory problems and dementia, but Parkinson’s affects everyone differently.

To find out how you can take part in Par for Parkinson’s and make a difference, then please visit parkinsons.org.uk/golf

Abbey Robinson, Parkinson’s UK regional fundraiser in the North East