Post-summer update

Hello all

We hope you had a great summer. Everyone at Keep Billingshurst Frack Free has taken a bit of a break, but still been busy with a few important meetings, past and future. Please put the next Craft & Chat afternoon and an important film screening in your diaries. We hope to see you there.

Meeting with our MP

On Friday 28th August, five of us met with Jeremy Quin MP at his Horsham surgery. With only 15 minutes to get all our concerns across to him, time was tight, but we made our points and felt he genuinely listened to our fears. Whilst not against fracking, he is concerned about the industrialisation of our countryside and increase of traffic in the area if the industry takes hold. He assured us he would speak with Nick Herbert MP more about this, so they can work closely together. We will keep you informed about this.

Also, after our calls to Celtique Energie continue to go unanswered or never returned, he made a point of saying he would contact them to ask what they would be doing by way of community relations, as very little has been done to make the public aware of what they are doing at the site. If any of you have two minutes to spare to also call Celtique to ask more about their plans and when drilling is likely to start, please do so.

Their number is: 020 7255 6100. We would be grateful if you could let us know if you have called and what the response was, as it is very important that we keep a log of this. Just drop us an email and let us know :  keepbillingshurstfrackfree@mail.com

The more we keep up the pressure on them, as Mr Quin is also doing, the more likely they are to hold a public meeting which we can all attend to express our concerns.

Parish Councillors’ fact-finding meeting

On Thursday 17th September, we held a small, private meeting with some Parish Councillors from Billinghurst and West Chiltington, and members of the Chamber of Commerce. Sue Jameson presented our work on the Broadford Bridge site, and John Ashton  economic and environmental speaker, commentator and advisor to successive British Governments shared his expertise on the industry as a whole. We hope the event was informative for the Councillors who came.

Craft & Chat afternoon

We held another successful Craft & Chat afternoon, at the Women’s Hall on Sunday 11th October, 2pm-5pm, where some more new faces came along to find out more about fracking in our area.

Film Screening

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Then on Saturday 7th November at Billingshurst Community Centre, we had a film screening of Voices From the Gasfields by ex-oil and gas industry man Ian R Crane. This is the most up-to-date documentary of a community affected by fracking and we hope those who came – around 30 people – found it as shocking and informative as us. Afterwards, we had a good debate about the reality of fracking and how we can form stronger connections to fight it. Thank you to all who came.

 

 

 

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KBFF Newsletter
4 June 2015

Finally, an update from Keep Billingshurst Frack Free after you kindly left your email address with us to find out how you can help more.

We’ve had a busy couple of months since we met at the Community Centre and have news to tell, most of it good. No, Celtique aren’t leaving West Sussex alone for good – but they are suing Magellan. So for now, they’ve got no money… But with the Conservative government crazily wanting to go “all out for shale” (even though there’s not even money to be made out of it it, economically it’s a bad idea, let alone for people and our number one resources of land, water and air), we’re still under threat.

So you’ll be pleased to hear KBFF had a successful second Craft & Chat afternoon, at the Women’s Hall on 10th May. Thanks to all who have signed up to this list to help, find out more, and stay in the know about what we’re doing to try to raise awareness more in the village and surrounding areas – as the Broadford Bridge site is close to Pulborough and West Chiltington too.

Then, on Thursday 21st May, a team of volunteers and residents had a stand at Chichester University where Polly Higgins, esteemed thinker and lawyer, spoke about her campaign to make Ecocide a law protecting the planet. Many people wanted to find out more and joined this communication list and the KBFF facebook group  – which we use to keep you updated about news and updates.

It seems to us that community awareness and support amongst high street retailers is improving, but there is still so much to be done at a local level in the village. We are now working to connect with Parish Counsellors, members of the District Council and relevant MPs, and will feed back any news or information to you as we have it. If anyone has any connections already in these groups then please come forward and help.

On Sunday 7th June KBFF will be having a stall at the Rudgewick Village Hall tabletop sale and dog show from 10am, so we can hand out some more leaflets and spread the word. Our flyers were also present at a previous supportive Rudgewick event.

Coming up in Billingshurst, on Sat 4th July, at the King’s Arms, from 5pm (after the school fair, so hoping some people might pop in from that… ) we have a great day of live music, bouncy castle and face painting for the kids, where KBFF will have a table with all our info’ and be there to talk to anyone who wants to find out more. We’re really pleased to have the support of  opening band Vibe Machine, who are on the Frack Free Sussex fundraising CD, (along with 20 other anti-fracking bands) which we’ll be selling at the event to raise money for future events. Everyone is welcome to come for the fun or to help with the stall, bring mates, talk to others there about what’s planned for Broadford Bridge and why we’re concerned.

After various chats with others involved in this and the Keep Kirdford and Wisborough Green campaign – which saw off Celtique’s planned drill site there and are keen to help us do the same – it seems the best thing we can do is keep raising awareness in any way we can. So talking about it is a start. But,  if there are enough of us in various areas, we’d also like have a little stall outside a shop or the station in Billingshurst, perhaps fortnightly or weekly, Pulborough Sainsburies and or somewhere in West Chiltington? If anyone would be willing to help man this, with leaflets to hand out and a friendly face for people to talk to about it and find out more, then please get in touch by sending us an email.

Other ideas for forthcoming events are doing a ramble to the site, film screenings and making a video with an HGV going on the route trucks would take (like this one from the Wisborough campaigners). Any other ideas for awareness raising ideas that would get the attention of the locals are very welcome.

So, that is definitely enough to be getting on with digesting. Hopefully we’ll be in touch more often with more good news and events to come.

Thanks for your support and hope to see you soon. Please do forward this email on to anyone you know who might be interested.

Coffee, craft and chat 

Our first meeting on 15  March 2015, with massive support from campaigners at Keep Wisborough and Kirdford Frack Free, and Frack Free Sussex. Please help us to grow our local anti-fracking commmunity!

Keep Lancashire Frack Free

Lancashire County Council has announced new dates in June (23rd and 24th) for its Development Control Committee to make decisions on Cuadrilla Resources plans to continue fracking in the Fylde. Find out more here.