At the last meeting of the ‘rump’ of the old council, Waverley’s Executive voted unanimously to fight UK Oil & Gas and the Government in the High Court.
It has agreed to spend £82,500 to cover the costs of preventing the oil giant Uk Oil & Gas from sinking any exploratory bore holes on the Loxley Fields in Dunsfold. The Secretary of State gave UKCOG the go-ahead after it overturned Surrey County Council’s refusal on environmental and other grounds.
Said Leader Paul Follows:
Cllr Steve Williams said the council would not be alone in its forthcoming battle and thanked the Fight Dunsfold Group sitting in the gallery for its support and that of Crowd Justice. As a nature reserve in Waverley Burns CrowdJustice puts its weight behind – ‘ Stop drilling in Dunsfold.’
It had been his mission since joining Waverley in 2019 to support its Climate change Strategy and objectives. Waverley owed it to the residents of Waverley & Dunsfold, in particular, to stop the on-shore drilling for fossil fuels in Dunsfold.
It is imperative that we are successful for the residents of our borough and the planet, he said
Said Cllr Liz Townsend:
In the David & Goliath fight – we all know who the winner was.
Cllr Follows said the council would be looking to Alfold and Dunsfold parish councils to continue their support and hoped they would contribute financially towards the joint effort.