Record turnout for council meeting to discuss South Downs oil drilling proposal

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RESIDENTS teamed up to argue against a proposal to drill for oil in the South Downs National Park.

Stoughton Parish Council celebrated record attendance at its meeting on Monday, with more than 100 people turning up in Forestside, near Rowlands Castle.

UK Oil & Gas Investments is seeking permission to drill a 1km sidetrack to the existing well at its site in Markwells Wood, West Sussex and test the flow rate of any oil.

It also wants to drill three extra production wells and a water injection well, with production forecast to last for 20 years.

Resident Emily Mott said: ‘We were extremely pleased to see so many locals engaged in this as it will affect us all in the future, and we are very 
glad that the parish councillors took on board our concerns.

‘This scheme has no place in our beautiful, tranquil area.’

Parish council chairman Andrew Elms confirmed that the council will be writing a letter of objection to the South Downs National Park Authority.