Your article ‘Unrepresented Horsham’ really struck a chord with me. We in Balcombe have had a miserable summer due the unconventional exploratory drilling operation by Cuadrilla in our village.
We have fought to be heard by the Government, West Sussex County Council, the Environment Agency, DECC and the Health and Safety Executive.
We went to every planning meeting, we objected to planning, thousands have signed our petitions; we’ve lobbied the Environment Agency, the HSE, our MPs and our councillors.
A door to door survey in the village showed that 85 per cent of this village did and does NOT want Cuadrilla here, the industrialisation of our area of outstanding natural beauty and the unacceptable risks to the purity of our water, our air and soil.
We, and many committed people, did everything humanly possible within the bounds of law to stop this industry despoiling our rural communities and we got nowhere and we have not been heard.
I truly hope for the 24,000 people living in the unparished areas that they will find a voice, frankly I think it’s only through the ballot box we will see any real change.
Oldlands Avenue, Balcombe