An on-going protest campaign against fracking at Preston New Road (PNR), just east of Blackpool in Lancashire.
APRIL, MAY & JUNE 2018 UNITED RESISTANCE
"The Entire United Resistance - 3 months of Love & Defiance... is brought to you by the groups that take part and the crew at Maple Farm Community Hub who are providing logistical support, food and more.
United Resistance:Love and Defiance calender of events can be seen on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UnitedResistanceUK/
The Campaign begins with a family friendly, fun day at Maple Farm Community Hub on the Easter Monday 2nd April (event to be posted soon)... the first 'working day' is on TUESDAY 3rd APRIL and the launch of the Women's Week of actions... each week of the resistance sees a different group or set of groups, doing it their way.
We have International Groups Week, Faith Week, Green Party Week, Camps Week, Arts Week, Lancaster Week, Frack Free Lancs Week, Reclaim the Power Week(s?) and many more... plus days of action by Unions, political parties and others who can only work in a more limited timescale. EVERY DAY of action requires more than the participants and those willing to join them... we require witness and support." Tina Rothery.
The hosting takes place at Maple Farm Community Hub (PR4 3PE) - just down the road from the fracking site that sits between Blackpool and Preston. We are able to provide free of charge: safe camping space plus some communal tents for those travelling light... 3 meals per day... kitchen and dining room areas... media hub... communal indoor space... composting and portaloo facilities for disabled... quite a bit of parking space and a whole lot of gratitude.
Daily Protests and Events
Week One, 2nd - 6th April: Nanas/Women against Fracking
Week Two, 9th - 13th April: Political Colours
Week Three, 16th - 20th April: North West Week
Week Four, 23rd - 27th April: No Faith in Fracking
Week Five, 30th April - 4th May: Art and Music Against Fracking
Week Six, 7th - 11th May: Save Our Land
Week Seven, 14th - 18th May: Uniting the Roses
Week Eight, 21st - 25th May: Local Camps and Health
Week Nine, 28th May - 1st June: International Week
Week Ten, 4th - 8th June: Unions
Week Eleven, 11th - 15th June: Green Party
Week Twelve, 18th - 22nd June: Preston New Road Week
Week Thirteen 25th June - 29th: Reclaim the Power + Finale Week
Green Party Week... like conference but with free camping in a field with music, food and solidarity that will take us to the gates of the fracking site each day for events and actions.
HOW TO GET TO Maple Farm Community Hub & Preston New Road Community Fracking Blockade
• It's a few miles east of Blackpool. For those using public transport, the nearest station is Kirkham-and-Wesham: from there, cross over the road outside the station and catch the #61 bus, which takes about 15 minutes. There is a bus stop close to the hub and another by the fracking blockade. Alternatively, you could take a bike and cycle from Kirkham-and-Wesham station, which also takes about 15 minutes.
• For those coming by car, the best route for getting there is as follows: Come off the M55 @ Jnc 4, onto the A583, signed Preston/Kirkham. Free parking is available at Maple Farm Nursery Garden, Moss House Lane PR4 3PE (Just off Preston New Road and around the corner from Maple Farm Community Hub). There is also limited free parking outside the hub. The fracking site is less than a 10 minute walk from the hub.
• For those staying several days, the owner of Maple Farm has also made space available for camping. For those who prefer more comfort, there is a Premier Inn on the roundabout as you come off the M55 at junction 4 - and it’s only a 30-minute walk to the fracking site.