Saturday 16th January 2016 midday-5pm
Upton Park, Wealstone Lane, Upton, Cheshire CH2 1HB
As many of you have heard, the site at Upton has been evicted, but with 85% of local residents in opposition to fracking, community resistance continues to grow. Now more than ever it’s time to get to Upton!
On Tuesday the eviction of the protection camp was resisted with peaceful defiance by campers and residents, using carefully prepared tactics and some improvised ones. Diggers were stopped on two occasions by locals who clambering up on them. The site was cleared in 9 hours and people from the area are now protesting at the entrance to the lane.
In a breach of agreements with a local councilor, access to the lane next to the contested field has been closed for 21 days, preventing community scrutiny of practices on site and causing serious disruption to residents. It’s suspected that throughout this period the area will be converted into a drill site in preparation for the arrival of the rig.
SOLIDARITY SATURDAY 16th JANUARY 2016
12.00 midday: We will be meeting at Upton Park (Wealstone Ln, Upton, Chester CH2 1HB, UK) where the legendary Veggies catering company will be providing us with hot lunch
1pm A colourful, carnival-style walk from the Upton Park to Duttons Lane
1.45 Speeches! From Tina Louise of the Lancashire Nanas, from someone who has witnessed the journey of the UK’s longest-running anti-fracking camp, from the local coalition group Frack Free Dee, and from Groundswell, a year of action for Climate Justice – http://www.nodashforgas.org.uk/
2.30 A colourful, carnival-style walk returning to Upton Park!
3.15 At Upton Park: Dancing, and live music from the UK’s Anti-Fracking Festive Folk ensemble
17:00 Coach Departure
Solidarity Saturday is a chance to come together from across the country and let the industry know what it can expect when it starts building drill sites. It’s taken them 18 months to get even close to breaking ground in the face of Upton’s resistance. This is an industry in the balence, and there’s everything to win. Let’s show them that we’ll stand together in the face of the new round of fracking licenses.
Weather on the day is due to be beautiful sunshine, but the fields around Chester are effectively flooded, saturated with 2-4cm of standing water. In a winter that shows the extreme weather we can expect from climate change, this is the perfect time and place to draw the redline against fossil fuels and corporate and government bullying