Anti Fracking protesters asked to leave Barclays in York
1:17pm 24th October 2016
(Updated 6:26am 25th October 2016)
Picture - Coralie Detta
A mother and daughter were asked to leave a branch of Barclays Bank in York today after setting up home in protest at the banks financial links with fracking company Third Energy.
Barclays own Third Energy, the company holding the licence to frack in Ryedale, and the bank also invests in fossil fuel extraction around the globe.
Permission to frack in Ryedale was granted in May this year by North Yorkshire County Council, despite many people objecting.
Nicky Hollins and her daughter, Ruby, aimed to highlight the impact that Barclays’ funding for proposed fracking could have on people’s lives in Ryedale, North Yorkshire.
The living room scene included a sofa, plant, coffee table, rug, tea pot and photo of the family’s home in Ryedale.
The stunt formed part of a national week of action calling on Barclays to stop funding fracking, organised by Friends of the Earth, 350.org, SumOfUs, People and Planet and local community group Frack Free Ryedale.
Nicky Hollins, Ryedale resident, said:
"I’m taking action this week along with my daughter, because if we stand back and do nothing there will be nothing left to save.
“We have lived in Ryedale for 10 years because we love living in an area that is so very beautiful and unspoilt.
Ryedale has some of the most stunning countryside and wildlife in the country and we feel very blessed to live in such a special place.
“It must be protected so that it can be appreciated for generations to come as it should be with full access to clean water, air and land, and a safe climate. We are extremely worried about what fracking could do to Ryedale.”
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