The Steyning 10:10 Climate Action Group is a local initiative aimed at making a start in cutting carbon emissions right here in Steyning. We’re running a ‘Greening Campaign’ to get the whole community thinking about what we can do – and taking action so that together we can make a real difference. It is aimed at everyone in Steyning, Bramber, Upper Beeding and the surrounding area.
Plastics Campaign kicks off
A new campaign is underway to make a serious dent in the use of plastics – especially single-use plastics – in Steyning, Bramber and Upper Beeding. We’re teaming up with Surfers Against Sewage for this and will be working over 2019 to become a ‘Plastic Free Community’. Our three Parish Councils are getting behind the idea. We’ll also be working with schools, churches, local businesses and others – so watch this space for news of how you can get involved.
Climate Emergency Campaign
Have you heard the news in recent months about city, borough and district councils around the country declaring a ‘Climate Emergency?’ It’s all about recognising the severity of the climate crisis we are facing and putting climate at the centre of local policy agendas. It starts with declaring a climate emergency, but it is followed by concrete steps decided a the local level to galvanise action.
We’ve begun a campaign to encourage Horsham District Council and West Sussex County Council to follow suit. Green groups across the South East are joining forces on this and a new umbrella group – the South East Climate Alliance – has been formed to coordinate efforts. We’ll be using the District Council elections on 2nd May as a focal point to get climate change onto candidates agendas, and encourage them to publicly back the idea. More news to follow!
Drilling started at Broadford Bridge
** Latest Update ** In September West Sussex County Council approved an application from UKOG to extend their drilling permit for another year despite strong local protests. To stay in touch with the campaign to block further developments, see the Broadford Bridge Action Group’s Facebook page.
You may not have heard, but drilling at the Broadford Bridge site, just 9 miles from Steyning, has started. And so have the howls of protests. Two of our members, Sally and Heather, made a trip to the site last week to check out what’s happening. They were met by a few protestors, two security guards, and some policeman with a video camera. Here’s their report on what they saw, the letter they’ve written to UK Oil and Gas (UKOG) to get clarification on what’s happening, and some links to key resources. And here’s the reply from UKOG defending their position.
Note that the official line is that this well is not going to be used for fracking – but there are still deep concerns about what it will actually involve, not least the likelihood of there being hundreds of additional drill sites needed if oil is found in commercial quantities.
Fracking in Sussex: could it ever happen?
I think we know the answer to that now. Plans to push ahead with fracking in the UK have been quietly moving ahead. North Yorkshire County Councillors have given a drill site in Rydale the go ahead, in the face of staunch local opposition. And there’s talk of sweetener payments to local residents becoming part of government policy. The map shows the areas that are already licenced in Sussex. You’ll see we’re only 7 miles from the nearest licenced sites in Storrington and just north of Partridge Green. So we’re certainly on the fracking radar.
Beki Adam, Ellie Wyatt and Jill Sutcliffe from local pressure group FrackFree Sussex gave an excellent talk at Green Drinks in September, laying out the
environmental and health hazards of fracking, and the casino economics behind the US fracking boom. To find out more about it, and sign up for updates, check out their website, which includes loads of useful resources and links to series of hard-hitting videos that really get the message across.
This video is one of the most striking (click on the image). It provides a Google Earth tour of Texas, showing the incredible number of fracking sites across the state. Just imagine Sussex being pock marked this way. It doesn’t bear thinking about.
Join us for Green Drinks
This is our regular get together to talk about matters green over a pint and a packet of crisps. It is the last Wednesday of most months. We generally have a speaker – and it’s usually at Steyning Cricket Club, starting at 8.00pm.
Check the Events page to find out the latest.