Watch the Bramleymoor Lane meeting online
People interested in a meeting being held to decide on Derbyshire County Council's position over a proposal to explore shale gas reserves near Eckington will be able to watch it live online.
Planning committee members will meet at 1pm on Monday (5 February 2018) to discuss the proposals from oil and chemical firm INEOS.
The firm wants to erect a drilling rig up to 60 metres tall and drill around 2,400 metres below the ground off Bramleymoor Lane, in the village of Marsh Lane, to investigate the suitability of the rock for 'fracking' - the process of injecting water and chemicals at high pressure into rocks deep underground to create tiny cracks so shale gas can flow up a well to the surface and be collected.
Local interested groups − including residents − and INEOS have been offered an opportunity to speak about the proposals at the meeting and anyone who would like to can watch the Planning Committee meeting in a live webcast (opens in a new window).
Parking at County Hall where the meeting will take place is very limited. A free shuttle bus will be available to take people attending the meeting from Matlock Interchange − which is next to the train station − to County Hall between 11am and 1pm. It will also stop to pick up passengers at marked bus stops on Bakewell Road, opposite McDonald's and outside Marks and Spencer, and Bank Road, next to Derbyshire Dales District Council offices. Buses will run at least every 30 minutes from the interchange.
There will be no return shuttle service but normal bus services will be running down Bank Road into town.
Once the committee has decided on the council's position, it will be sent to the Planning Inspector to be taken into account when she decides whether or not to grant planning permission for development on Bramleymoor Lane following a public inquiry due to start on 19 June 2018.