Leith Hill Action Group – Newsletter 5 (1st April 2012)

Stop the Leith Hill oil drilling!

Hello and welcome to our fifth newsletter.  This issue, we’ll update you on fundraising and provide a brief update of the case so far.  We’ll also provide details for how to watch Brian Blessed and Virginia McKenna at Dorking Halls, join in the Moonriders London-Brighton cycle event and enter the LHAG 10km run or walk.

Once again, we have to say a huge thank you to all of you who have sent in donations so far.  Due to the overwhelming response, funds donated to date now exceed £12,500.  That’s more than 25% of the way to our goal of £50,000 in just 2 months from donations alone

Friday 30th March also saw our first fundraising event – the James Bond Poker Night.  In all, about 50 of us enjoyed ourselves immensely, raising about £1,500 in the process.  This means that total funds raised so far now exceed £14,000!  In response to such a great effort on everybody’s part, we have felt inspired to produce the LHAG Totalizer, which will also be kept up to date on our website.

The amount of money being sent and the speed with which donations are piling in only goes to show just how much we all care about NOT having our delicate sunken lanes damaged, NOT having our residential roads used as HGV parks, NOT having endangered animals driven away from their habitats and NOT having the AONB’s special legal status by-passed as if it is an irrelevance.

I’m sure many of you have been following the recent news about “presumption of approval” for planning applications in rural sites.  We’re told that land with special status will be protected.  Well, a case like this is a test of whether such a special status has any real force in practice.  The implications of this Public Inquiry go beyond this one application and extend to all AONBs and National Parks.

So how is the case going? 

Here is a brief report from the LHAG committee on progress with the case so far:

During the last month, the Planning Inspector appointed for the Public Inquiry in July has asked both Europa and Surrey County Council to ensure that the evidence that they will give will address an important planning issue that LHAG has raised, which is not addressed in either of their respective Statements of Case.  We are certainly being taken seriously.

We have been working with officers of Surrey County Council and key expert advisors to ensure that together we robustly defend Surrey County Council’s rational decision to refuse planning permission.

And now, more news on fundraising events! 

The big announcements are that:

There’s no time like the present, so why not sign up today, enjoy yourself, feel virtuous and raise money for LHAG all at the same time!

We are doing fantastically well, but we still have a long way to go to meet our target.  As always, please keep your donations coming; they really are much needed and very much appreciated.

Patrick Nolan

Fundraising Committee, The Leith Hill Action Group

To feed back, ask questions or offer help, contact Patrick Nolan at pnoley@gmail.com

There are a number of ways in which you can make a donation:

Donating by Direct Transfer

You can make a direct transfer to the LHAG account (name “Leith Hill Action Group”) using sort code 09-01-27 and account 3767 8874.  

Donating by Cheque

Make cheques payable to “Leith Hill Action Group” and send to:

Patrick Nolan, Head of LHAG Fundraising, Oak Lodge, Anstie Lane, Surrey, RH5 6HA. 

Donating by Credit Card, Debit Card or PayPal

You can donate by the card of your choice or even directly from your PayPal account by clicking the button below.  (Some email packages may not allow you to see/use this button without further intervention.  If this is the case, please visit the home page of our website where you will also be able to donate using this facility.)

However you donate, please do provide us with your name, address and email in case we have the chance to return surplus funds (contact details are above).

Newsletter 1 (2nd February 2012)
Newsletter 2 (13th February 2012)
Newsletter 3 (1st March 2012)
Newsletter 4 (16th March 2012)

Summary of reasons why we are objecting to the application