Leith Hill Action Group – Newsletter 31 (22nd February 2015) 

Stop the Leith Hill oil drilling!

Dear Supporters

Here we are at the end of February already!  It’s been a busy 2015 for LHAG, getting to grips with the implications of the secondary “Pan Handle” application as well as drawing up our plan of attack for the second Public Inquiry in April. 

Of late, we have spent time with our MP and local county councillors, ensuring that they are up to speed with the developments and taking their advice on board.  Right now we are making our way through all the recent information, trying to understand everything from current planning issues through to the serious Environmental Agency and Water Company concerns for the aquifers if the drilling goes ahead.

And now too the Public Inquiry is rapidly approaching, being just two months away as I write.

Back on the fundraising trail

We have been prudent with past funds and operated on a shoe string budget – certainly spending a tiny fraction of the amount spent by the oil company that wants to make a profit at the expense of us all.  Our barrister has also kindly guaranteed his time at a fixed cost for the upcoming Inquiry at a very hefty discount to his normal rates.  So a big thank you to him for that!

However, even with this generosity, legal proceedings are still expensive affairs and we find ourselves significantly short of our target.  To meet this shortfall, we are approaching alternative sources of funds and undertaking some fundraising activities, which we hope will get us a noticeable way towards the total. 

However, we must once again also turn towards our supporters and ask for donations.  Our target for this is £5,000.  You have been wonderfully quick to respond in the past, always surpassing our expectations.  Please would you do so again? 


You can donate quickly, easily and totally safely by PayPal by pressing this button:

Alternatively, please send any cheques, made payable to Leith Hill Action Group, to:

Charlotte Nolan

LHAG Fundraising Committee

Oak Lodge

Anstie Lane



Thank you in advance for what I already know will be your generous response.  And look out for details of fundraising events in a future newsletter coming soon!

Patrick Nolan

The Leith Hill Action Group