BPC has an Oil Exploration Working Group to represent the interests of local residents in this matter – you can follow our progress on this web site or the Facebook page Balcombe Parish Council – Oil Exploration Working Group as well as at our monthly parish council public meetings.
Unfortunately the Parish Council has no power and virtually no influence over events at Lower Stumble. We are using what influence we do have with the various stakeholders and authorities to try to minimise the impact of the current exploration activities, which we are satisfied will not involve fracking. If and when there are any proposals for fracking in Balcombe the Parish Council is committed to oppose them.
Parish Councillors are unpaid volunteers, many of whom work full-time, who give a great deal of their time to the community. Over the past 18 months they have done their best to keep Balcombe residents informed and will continue to do so, usually via the website. However they can’t continuously monitor Cuadrilla’s compliance with all the conditions which are imposed by the regulatory authorities.
If you believe that Cuadrilla is in breach of any conditions, please contact the organisation concerned. They all have paid, trained staff who can deal with your concerns.
Those who make the decisions are:
The Government – which makes the policy on fracking
Your local MP – Francis Maude Constituency Office: 01403 242000
The House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA 0207 219 2494
The Department of Energy & Climate Change – which is responsible for issuing drilling consent
The Environment Agency – which is responsible for issuing environmental permits
P&SC – EP Team, Quadrant 2, 99 Parkway Avenue, Sheffield, S9 4WF
03708 506 506
PSCpublicresponse@environment-agency.gov.uk or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Health & Safety Executive – which reviews designs and operational procedures
West Sussex County Council – which is responsible for issuing planning consent and for the highways
01243 642 118 for applications and/or enforcement
Balcombe’s West Sussex Councillor
Mid Sussex District Council – who deal with noise, odour, dust or smoke complaints 01444 477292
Network Rail – for concerns over site lighting and emergency procedure relating to the railway
Terry Donnelly tel – 01332 262717, fax 01332 262719
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