Residents from the Dorking and Leith Hill area in Surrey are invited to join an event on Sunday October 11 to celebrate the beauty and tranquillity of Leith Hill, not the oil drilling which is planned there.
Mole Valley Green Party is organising a morning of activities around the drilling site (which is public access land) to enjoy the woods, a picnic and learn more about the area.
In September Surrey County Council was considering the next phase of the exploratory oil drilling application although the principle has already been established by a recent decision of the Planning Inspectorate. Plans involve HGV movements down Coldharbour Lane six days a week, an oil rig in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and – if consent is given on Wednesday – horizontal drilling right under Leith Hill down to Coldharbour Village. The company promoting the exploration will also need licences from the Environment Agency before being able to proceed.
Jacquetta Fewster, Mole Valley Greens’ co-ordinator, said: “this is an appalling intrusion into such a peaceful spot. The area is very popular with walkers and cyclists and will have a huge impact also on local villagers. We welcome everyone who loves Leith Hill to join us with their families for face painting and fun, and bring some food to share. For public bodies to approve more fossil fuel extraction at a time when we need to cut our carbon emissions makes no sense at all”.
There is very limited parking at the site (Bury Hill woods in Coldharbour Lane) and attendees are being asked to lift share, walk, cycle (information will be provided) or take the 765 National Trust rambler bus which leaves Dorking main train station at 10am or 1005 at the White Horse and drops off at Coldharbour village. The return journey is at 1328 from the Plough in Coldharbour. Green Party members will be on the bus to guide visitors to the event.
For more information visit Mole Valley Green Party’s Facebook page.
Leith Hill, Surrey RH5
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