FRACKING and building on greengbelt land were among the issues to come under the spotlight when Mike Amesbury met the head of a Cheshire Wildlife Trust recently.

The organisation looks after 45 nature reserves and habitats ranging from grasslands and wet meadows to reedbeds, coastal dunes and wetlands, providing a home for a range of rare species.

During the meeting Mike, the MP for Weaver Vale, and Charlotte Harris, CEO at the Trust, spoke about a number of issues facing the countryside in his constituency.

Issues range from from the badger cull and fracking, to the possible effect of changes to planning laws which could impact on greenbelt land.

Mike said: “The Trust do some fantastic work in Weaver Vale and beyond, from helping to preserve our areas of natural beauty, to working with people who have mental health issues, getting them out into the countryside as a means of therapy.

“We spoke about the impact that fracking could have on our countryside as well as planning regulation changes that could see some of those areas built on for the very first time.

“I'll be taking forward some of the issues we talked about in Parliament and look forward to a great working relationship with them.”