FRACKING IN BALCOMBE
An Update from Balcombe Parish Council
March Parish Magazine
In the February edition of the Parish Magazine I provided some factual background information on the proposed exploration for gas or oil at the Lower Stumble site south of the village, which could involve the use of the so called fracking technique. I also reported on the public meeting that was held in the Victory Hall on 11th January.
At its meeting on 16th January Balcombe Parish Council reflected on what had been said at the meeting on 11th January and agreed that its responsibilities in this matter will be discharged in three phases:
|Phase 1||To gain as much accurate information about the fracking process as possible, and to share this information with the residents of the village.|
|Phase 2||Thereafter to seek actively the views of the residents.|
|Phase 3||Thereafter to act as an advocate on behalf of the residents in promoting their views to the relevant authorities, and in supporting such lawful actions as may be appropriate in the furtherance of those views.|
It was decided that a working group would be formed, comprising four members of Balcombe Parish Council and six other residents of Balcombe, initially to address Phase 1. A letter was prepared and delivered to every residence within the parish inviting residents who believed that they had relevant expertise and/or experience to volunteer to join the group.
The number of volunteers far exceeded the number of places available on the group and, after careful consideration, the following people were felt to offer the best mix of relevant knowledge and each has agreed to serve on the group:
* Peter Huxley
* Carol Jarvis
* Rodney Saunders (Chairman)
* Alison Stevenson
* = Member of Balcombe Parish Council
The group is tasked to produce a report setting out the benefits and risks associated with the proposed exploration for, and extraction of, oil or gas at the Lower Stumble site and which may involve the use of the fracking technique.
The first meeting of the group was arranged for Monday 20th February; meetings of the group are not open to the public.
Balcombe Parish Council