Angus Energy Update

Today (13 February) we have been informed that Angus Energy will be back on site in Balcombe next week and they anticipate being there for two to three weeks.    We have also been informed that a Community Liaison Group meeting will be held on 18 February.  There has been no direct communication from Angus Energy.   Balcombe Parish Council has also been told that Angus will be testing the well water and will be pumping  for 7 – 10 days.   There will be approximately 10 vehicles on site but no rig.  Typically there will be a couple of vehicle movements per day other than the initial mobilisation and de-mobilisation days.   They only have 2 of the required 4 regulatory approvals at this point in time 13 February 2019.

When we have more information we will keep you informed.


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Bus 62 Changes

April 2019 Cuts

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Parish Council Village Centre Update

The consultations carried out for the Neighbourhood Plan identified the safety and traffic flow in the village centre as the overwhelming priority for the community.
Balcombe Parish Council is now poised to take the next step in looking at solutions.
In order to make any proposals to both the village and then onward to West Sussex Council who are responsible for our roads, we need a comprehensive analysis of the situation, and some well thought through proposals for the village to choose between.
This is a specialist piece of work… comprising traffic flow analysis, highway design taking into account regulations and standards and the due process for any future adoption of a scheme. We also need a sense of the costs associated with each proposal.
Therefore, BPC is proposing to retain a specialist consultant, highly experienced in under taking these kind of projects to provide options and costings that can in future be taken on to implementation.
There is a cost for this consultancy, and whilst it is significant at c£20k, it will put us in position to choose options and understand costs. Without this step we will be unable to change anything.
This investment will be discussed and decided at the next Parish Council meeting 17 October, and anyone with opinions on the merits of taking this step are invited to attend.

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Starting School September 2019

The application process for children due to start school in September 2019 will begin on Monday 1 October 2018.

• Apply online at
• Applications can be made between 1 October 2018 and 15 January 2019
• Special rules apply for house movers until 15 February 2019
• The Information for Parents booklet is available on our website now
• Further information is available by ringing 03330 142 903

Applications made after the closing date cannot be considered until all on time applications have been processed. This may mean it is not possible to offer a child a place at a local school. We would therefore be grateful if you could help actively encourage all parents to apply by the closing date.

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Lower Stumble Flow Test Finished

Angus Energy have informed us that the flow test has now finished and they will be  moving equipment off the site at Lower Stumble in the next few days.

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Lower Stumble Complaints

The Environment Agency (EA) is the environmental regulator of operations at Lower Stumble, the oil well site.  Angus Energy Limited holds an environmental permit, granted by the EA.     They have undertaken to inspect the site before, during and after well testing, and have the right to carry out unannounced inspections.  They may carry out joint inspections with West Sussex County Council Mineral Planning Authority and the Health and Safety Executive.

Reporting an incident – If you wish to report an environmental incident, including noise and odour, please contact: the Environment Agency Incident hotline on 0800 80 70 60 (Freephone, 24 hour service). Please also ring Angus Energy Limited on 0203 974 2991, especially if the incident relates to amenity issues such as noise and odour, as it may be able to deal with these immediately.

Environmental permit enquiries
Information about the permit can be found at   Frequently asked questions and final submissions made under the permit, such as monitoring information and compliance assessment reports can be found on Angus Energy’s website. Angus Energy has set up and email address: and information hotline: 0203 974 2991. Environment Agency held documents may also be requested at:

If you have any other questions relating to the environmental permit for this site, please email

General enquiries
For all other enquiries, please contact the National Customer Contact Centre either by phone on: 03708 506 506 (Minicom service, for the hard of hearing: 03702 422 549) Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm. The cost of calling this number depends on your phone provider and whether you use a landline or mobile. The approximate cost per minute from a landline is 2p to 10p. The approximate cost per minute from a mobile is 10p to 40p.

By email using:

Or by post: National Customer Contact Centre, PO Box 54, Rotherham, S60 1BY

Reporting complaints to Environment Agency Sept 18

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New Permit Scheme at WSCC Household Waste Recycling Sites

A new scheme means householders in West Sussex who use a van, pickup or single axle trailer for private purposes will need to obtain a free permit.    This comes into effect from 1 October 2018.    The permit is available to West Sussex residents only and allows those who drive a commercial-type vehicle or have a trailer to continue to use it to dispose of just their household waste. The scheme does not cover waste generated by a business or household waste that has been collected by a trader for a charge.

The permits are being introduced to help address congestion at the sites, eliminate illegal disposal of commercial waste and discourage out-of-county visitors from bringing in large loads.   Over 8,000 permits have been issued so far.

As well as the new permit scheme, some vehicles will no longer be allowed to use HWRSs. Restricted vehicles include:

• multi axle trailers (four wheels),
• horse boxes,
• tipper trucks,
• flatbed or dropside trucks,
• Luton (box) type vans.

Please visit to find out more.

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