RESIDENTS from across the area are uniting in their fight against oil exploration.
This Sunday (October 20) at 11.45am, residents from Kirdford and Wisborough Green will simultaneously be walking from both villages to meet up and unite at the proposed entrance of Celtique Energie’s potential drilling site.
‘Walk the Route’ is being organised to highlight concerns the proposed site is not suitable for the proposals put forward by Celtique.
The Keep Kirdford and Wisborough Green group released the following statement: “If their application is approved it will mean this area will change beyond recognition and the way of life will never be the same for these communities.
“We want to protect the interests of the community, who for centuries have relied on the many rural activities in the vicinity, and to stop the disruption of heavy transportation driving through our villages 24 hours every day, seven days a week.”
All family members, friends and dogs are invited along to the walk, with the route going past the ancient woodland of Northup Copse and the 17th-century Boxall Bridge.
The meeting point for both groups will be outside the respective churches and transport can be arranged.
Stuart Clark, of the campaign group said: “Although this application is so very important to our village life, we must remain upbeat and not despondent, this nightmare situation has resulted in Kirdford and Wisborough Green communities coming together.
“We have made new lifelong friends and have learnt an awful lot about the drilling industry!
“From a little acorn, a great oak shall grow.
“So now is the time to make sure all the work has been worth it and take the time to object on sound, site-specific and personal grounds.
“We can win this and I personally believe that we will!”
See this week’s Midhurst and Petworth Observer (October 17) for the full story.