BALCOMBE 25/09/2013: POLICE ENABLING CUADRILLA TO BREAK THE LAW.
The police have been out in numbers from before 07.00am. Two lorries arrived before 08.00am. At the moment we are out numbered by about 5 -1 . Some people are talking about leaving the Camp over the weekend, some new people are arriving and wanting to stay on until the 8th Oct just to make sure Caudrilla keep to their word.
As the judge at the RCJ says we are able to stay until then, makes sense to me that I stay that extra little bit longer. I gather there are some general camp meetings being planned, Tech Tent are having a meeting at 11.00 am and I am expecting some news from them about the equipment that has been bought and ordered. hopefully the drone (Eye in the Sky) part of the bid will be made urgent. Having cameras about always helps. S. Gary.
POLICE ENABLING CUADRILLA TO BREAK PLANNING PERMISSION: Communication from Sussex Police to West Sussex County Council:
WSCC has received the following communication from Sussex Police:
“As you know we are making plans with your staff and Cuadrilla to facilitate the removal of the rig and equipment away from the Balcombe site.
We appreciate that Cuadrilla are operating within the tight constraints of the current planning permission in place, which I believe restricts the movements of vehicles and times of operation.
We will aim to enable Cuadrilla to operate within the planning permission and any other relevant permits, but public safety and preventing crime and disorder are our priorities. This may mean that in order to achieve this we are prepared to direct Cuadrilla lorries to enter or exit the site from different directions. Equally, we will not compromise public safety by sticking rigidly to the time constraints in place. This may mean that at times Cuadrilla are operating outside of their planning permission, for which we would take responsibility on that occasion and for the reasons as stated above and we have informed Cuadrilla of our position on this.”