'We're battered by new developments'
VILLAGERS say they feel "battered" by the number of new developments surrounding them.
People in and around Aldbrough already live near large underground gas caverns.
Several wind farm developments are proposed and permission exists for a straw-burning plant nearby.
Now an application has been submitted for an exploratory oil well at Fosham, northwest of the village.
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Residents are not dismissing the idea out of hand but they do want all the necessary safeguards before any permission is given.
Joy Cain, of Moat Far, just south of the proposed site, said: "The people in Aldbrough feel a bit battered by all this.
"I see the need because we need security of energy supply and everybody wants nice warm homes.
"Somebody has to pay the price but Aldbrough seems to be paying that price a lot."
The oil application comes from Rathlin Energy, which is also poised to build an exploratory drill site between Walkington and Bishop Burton.
Seismic testing has been done in both areas, as well as at a third potential site near Keyingham.
East Riding Mid-Holderness Councillor Matthew Grove denied his area is a soft touch for development.
He said: "It's an accident of geography.
"We have salt that allows gas storage, we may be sitting on hydrocarbon deposits and we're in a windy area.
"The people who live in this area are incredibly reasonable and have accepted many developments."
Rathlin says the application it has submitted for the Aldbrough site is similar to the one for Crawberry Hill.
The company has already held early consultation meetings and has pledged to host exhibitions if members of the community request them.
The Crawberry Hill planning permission specifically rules out using the controversial technique of hydraulic fracturing – so-called fracking – that has caused minor earthquakes elsewhere.
Cllr Grove is demanding the same condition be imposed near Aldbrough.
He said: "Because of the degree of public unease I will be actively seeking to have a condition put in place.
"There is widespread concern on the issue of fracking because of the failures of that technology in other areas."
But Cllr Grove said Rathlin UK had, so far, conducted its business in a way that would be a model for other companies to follow.
He also felt any longer-term, traditional-style oil well that resulted from the exploration would have a very minor impact on the community compared with other forms of industrialisation around Aldbrough.
Mrs Cain, treasurer of the East Yorkshire branch of the Council for the Protection of Rural England, is not vehemently opposed to the drilling. But she is resigned to it going ahead.
She said: "Aldbrough fought the gas caverns, Aldbrough fought the straw-burning plant. In the end, you're just banging your head on a brick wall."