ANTI-fracking campaigners mounted a demonstration in front of the new South Downs National Park headquarters at Midhurst yesterday afternoon as members arrived for a full authority meeting.
The protest came just weeks before the authority is set to become the first national park authority to decide on whether to grant planning permission for shale exploration inside its boundaries.
The park authority’s planning committee is expected to debate Celtique Energie’s plan for exploratory drilling at Nine Acre Copse in Fernhurst next month.
Greenpeace activists set up a ‘Not For Shale’ mock real estate roadshow featuring four-metre-tall flags and a large map of the South Downs Park and surrounding area showing the level of opposition to fracking.
Greenpeace campaigner Simon Clydesdale said : “We need to fight back against companies and authorities who are trying to literally undermine the property and rights of people across the South Downs and Sussex, putting the local environment and the climate at risk, without asking permission or even telling us what they’re up to.”