We wondered if any thought has been given by Nottinghamshire County Council on the impact that fracking might have on the tourist industry in Nottinghamshire. Granted its not one at the top of our list of our concerns and certainly not an issue that the Minerals Planning Committee are required to consider in session. But revenues from tourism are important to Nottinghamshire and to many local businesses and the spectre of drilling rigs and wellheads in the vicinity of tourist venues is hardly an attraction that will draw visitors to the area.
Much of the hype that is used to encourage visitors to Nottinghamshire has at its focus Sherwood Forest, Robin Hood and the Major Oak. We read only last week in the Retford Times that BBC’s One Show has tracked the seasons on “Sherwood Forest’s iconic Major Oak” for a feature on the One Show also available on BBC iPlayer.
So having heard that the major prospector of fracked gas in Nottinghamshire INEOS envisages a concentration of up to 400 wellheads per 100km2 of Nottinghamshire and having concerns that next to nothing is sacred to the Frackers its heartening that the Major Oak is now available for posterity on the iPlayer. We are therefore much less concerned for Sherwood Forest and in particular for the Major Oak knowing that if undermined and reduced from Major to Minor Oak we are at least able to offer a vision of the oak to future generations from the comfort of their own armchairs.