UPDATE: Council seeks action over Balcombe protest

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West Sussex County Council confirmed today (Tuesday October 8) that it is asking the High Court to re-instate its application for a possession order for roadside verges next to the B2036 London Road at Balcombe.

A hearing last month was adjourned.

The council said today in a statement: “The adjournment allowed us to return to court by October 8 if we felt we have sufficient concerns to support the application, and we believe this is the case.

“We will now be seeking a full hearing for possession of the verges.

“There is still a roadside encampment on this busy, unlit road which has a 60 mph limit, and we believe the protestors are putting themselves and all road users at serious risk.

“As a responsible highways authority we cannot allow this to continue, so we will be returning to court and asking for a new hearing date, which we hope will be held in the very near future.

“Because our application will be going back to court, we have no further comment at this stage.”