It’s 10 years since Cuadrilla first arrived and we still have a fossil fuel company trying to elbow its way into Balcombe  

Haven’t they noticed the climate has changed?  

Frack Free Balcombe Resident’s Association now totals 400 members and over the years the majority in the village have said NO.   

BPC has said NO since 2015, and in March 2020 WSCC planners said NO. Their reasons? It is not in the public interest to have a major development in an area of outstanding natural beauty, and the residual need for hydrocarbons can be met elsewhere  

Angus Energy are trying again  

Make your voice heard and continue to insist that it is not in the public interest to explore for oil so close to residents. The number of objections is VITAL to demonstrate this.  

Reasons to object:  

HGV traffic: Significant Increase in HGVs close to the school and on London Road. Many of the HGVs are 6-axle vehicles that take up the entire length of the school as they wait to go down London Road. They cross both sides of the road as they turn into the site, and many are so tall they risk hitting the low-slung power lines.  

Flaring: Angus will have a flare on site for a year. The site is below the village and the prevailing wind will blow pollutants straight towards residents  

Risk to water and geology: An independent hydrology report found that the oil well was not sound in all sections which ‘increases the risk to groundwater quality’. Commenting on Angus energy’s risk assessment they stated ‘understanding of risk to groundwater systems (………) is wholly inadequate’ (Tapajos Hydrology report 2019). 

Seismic riskOil developments in the Weald and elsewhere have been associated with and proved to cause earthquakes  

Not temporary: Each time an oil company works here it sets a precedent for more work to follow. They are flow-testing for oil and will be producing oil in the hope they can apply for further production. This will mean more disruption to locals for little gain, and contribute to climate change. 

Balcombe needs objections, and we need them before the consultation closes on September 28th. Say NO now! Children can object too, it is their future after all.

Object Online: On the West Sussex County Council Website – WSCC/045/20
Give your name, address and email, then your comment. Don’t forget to select ‘Objection’ in the final drop-down box before you submit your objection. Otherwise your objection will not count.
By email: planning.applications@westsussex.gov.uk, including your postal address
In writing: County Planning, West Sussex County Council, Chichester, PO19 1RH