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Oil drilling and fracking in the Surrey Hills

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'Having been harrassd by too much thinking and too many trivial engagements, and an employment that I shall never like, I determined that I would respire one mouthfull of real country air if possible and I know at the same time that pollution of smoke reaches ten miles round the Metropolis. I had heard much of Leithe Hills and of Box Hill in the neighbourhood of Dorking. . . . Remember that I am no Welshman, therefore to me these Hills are Cader Idris's and Snowdens.— (The Letters of Robert Bloomfield: to George Bloomfield, 17 April 1803)'.

So I wonder what his friend and defender of the environment, John Clare, would have made of the current plans for oil drilling at Leith Hill; that threaten archeological and wildlife features alike. Some of the ancient droves and sunken lanes will be destroyed by vehicular movements and current wisdom suggests that oil drilling carries the same risk of water contamination as does fracking. It is a paradym shift in the way we now view t…

King Athelstan Recreation Ground: 11 cubic metres

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There are a number of routes by which council decisions are made. Officers make decisions, hopefully based on the greater good. Councillors are lobbied by residents, which can lead to powerful but not necessarily good results. In past years, several London boroughs have requested  that I undertake bat surveys at the council's expense; perhaps because one member of the public has commented that an area is too dark at night and additional lighting should be installed.

The council then look at the survey results and recommendations,  weigh them against their current policies as well as legislation pertaining to biodiversity and priority species; and make a decision that the case has or has not been proven. 

I am not sure what processes have lead to the decision regarding the new vehicular and pedestrian route around the perimeter of  King Athelstan recreation ground along Villiers Road; but they do not seem to be matched against any of the policies.

Neither do they recognise the coun…