ANTI-FRACKING campaigners have gathered near York Minster to protest against the Government’s decision to allow the controversial practice in Lancashire.

A spokeswoman for campaign group Frack Free York criticised Communities and Local Government Secretary Sajid Javid’s move to allow fracking at Preston New Road, following an appeal by Cuadrilla against Lancashire County Council’s decision to refuse permission.

“We reproach this groundless decision in which the government has ridden roughshod over local democracy,” she said.

“We stand today in support of the people in Lancashire who have worked so hard to fight this decision, a community who care passionately about the health of future generations and their environment.

“This industry threatens to pollute our water, air and land, and will speed us towards catastrophic climate change.”

Meanwhile, she said the group was waiting for a legal challenge to the approval of fracking at Kirby Misperton site near Pickering to be considered next month at the High Court in London.