People worried about the threat of fracking for shale gas in the Ryedale area have been urged to have their say on the new Minerals and Waste Joint Plan being produced by North Yorkshire County Council, North York Moors National Park and York City Council.
The call was made at a packed public meeting held at The Friends Meeting House in Malton last Friday night when leaders of Friends of the Earth and anti-fracking groups spelled out their opposition to the possibility of sites being established in the county, including the Ryedale area.
The plan aims to provide policies and guidelines to inform decisions on planning applications up to 2030 and pin-point sites for such developments such as mineral and gas extraction and could potentially affect issues such as fracking.
The meeting heard that some licences had been sold in the Yorkshire and Humber region and the areas affected could include the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Pickering, Helmsley and Dalby Forest.
Opponents said they were concerns on many aspects of fracking including the potential impact on tourism and scars being created in the Ryedale landscape.