County council regains possession of fracking protest site at Balcombe

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West Sussex County Council has taken enforcement action to regain possession of its grass verges next to the B2036 London Road, Balcombe.

The move was confirmed by the county council today (Tuesday November 19), under the terms of a High Court order that was granted last week.

In a statement, the council said: “As promised during the High Court hearing we have established a new designated protest area close to the entrance to the Cuadrilla site, and the siting of it was agreed with the protesters who have remained in the area.

“The protest area is bigger and on drier land and is also protected by safety barriers.

“This does clearly show that the county council recognises the right of people to demonstrate peacefully and lawfully.

“However, it is important that people realise that any form of camping inside this area is not permitted.”