KKWG usually holds its AGM in November.  This year, given current conditions, we will hold it virtually by ZOOM on 27th November at 6pm for 20 minutes.  As with all AGMs we need to report back on our year, deliver up to date accounts and elect specific roles – those of Chair + Hon Sec, Treasurer and Press Officer.  A KKWG newsletter including the report from the Chair, links to voting slips etc will be sent to the 350 members with information.  If you want to take part – it means providing an email and having the free programme ZOOM on your computer – let Jill Sutcliffe, know by email or phone.  AND if you do not have a computer you can participate by post or I’ll deliver paperwork to your address!

Jill Sutcliffe, 01403 700395; jillsutcliffe1@gmail.com

Drilling Update:  

UKOG continues with its plans for extracting fossil fuels in the Weald:

Broadford Bridge where the site was unsuccessful and the drill removed in March 2018 was retained for a further 2 years at a delayed Planning Committee meeting this year i.e. until March 2022.

At Dunsfold, an application for an exploratory drill was REFUSED by Surrey County Council, 6 votes to 5.  A number of complaints were received concerning this virtual meeting and SCC decided that the result could not be regarded as safe as the link had failed on occasion.  The Planning Committee is due to re-consider this vote.

At Horse Hill, near Gatwick, first the County voted to declare a Climate Emergency and then it agreed to permit Production for 20 years at the site.  A local resident, Sarah Finch, has obtained permission to challenge this decision by the High Court.  Ms Finch’s lawyers, Leigh Day, said that the judge erred in law because the council failed to assess the indirect greenhouse gas impacts or take account of national climate policy and environmental protection objective

Isle of Wight:  Permission is being sought for an exploratory drill at Arreton on the IoW.

Why are we even considering drilling?

‘So, we know the problem. We also know the basic solution. We need to mitigate the damage from climate change, by reducing or stopping the human activities which are causing it. We can do that in particular by cutting our emissions of greenhouse gases’.

Sir James Bevan, CEO, Environment Agency, 24th October 2019

If the average temperature increase reaches 2°C, parts of West Sussex will be subjected to Sea Level Rise . Chichester District Council is seeking comments on its climate change plan and carrying out a survey https://www.chichester.gov.uk/letstalkclimatechange which is available until midnight on 6th November.

Government Planning Proposals

The last date for the consultation was 29th October.  The MP for Arundel, Andrew Griffith, held a meeting on 7th September and referred to the new way of producing numbers of houses required to be built in an area as a “mutant algorithm”.  Far from “evening up” the new housing it produces twice the number for many Parishes in Sussex, Hampshire and Kent.

If you are interested, the Sussex Wildlife Trust produced guidance on their website.  Far from “building back greener” it does not take climate or the biodiversity emergencies into account.

Jill Sutcliffe, Chair KKWG,  01403 700395 or jillsutcliffe1@gmail.com