Shortly after the government's decision to reduce onshore wind farms because "people do not support it" plans to draw oil from Balcombe, the site of a recent anti-fracking protest, have been given the green light. What happened to "what people want"? What happened to "we don't just talk the talk, we walk the walk"? The Conservatives are making it pretty clear where they stand on the issue of renewable energy and seem to be embracing new sources for fossil fuel.
Charles Metcalfe, spokeswoman for Frack Free Balcombe Residents Association, said: "For the Weald [which runs across Sussex], this Balcombe planning application is a thin end of the wedge. This will be an emblematic planning decision that may determine whether a whole lot of other oil and gas companies pile in afterwards – or think twice. It’s a decision that will affect communities right across Sussex, Kent, Surrey and Hampshire, and of course beyond. We shall fight."