Councillors in West Sussex have given consent for another 10 years of oil production at Angus Energy’s oil site at Lidsey, near Bognor Regis.
Members of the county council’s planning committee voted unanimously in support of the extension of permission.
The approval had been recommended by council officials, who said Angus was not seeking to enlarge the site, intensify activity or carry out any physical work.
Angus Energy has two boreholes at Lidsey. The first well, Lidsey-1, was drilled in 1997. Angus drilled a horizontal well, Lidsey-X2, in autumn 2017. Last month, a statement from the company said the site was producing 191 barrels of oil a day from the site.
Last summer, DrillOrDrop reported that delivery vehicles were breaching previous conditions by entering and leaving the Lidsey site by the wrong access road. We also reported that the correct route through the nearby industrial estate had been blocked.
Today, the committee reimposed a condition on access to the site.
Condition 8 requires delivery vehicles to use the designated route through the small nearby industrial estate and not along the whole length of track from the A29 to the Southern Water treatment site. This condition also requires legible, visible signs to be maintained warning about the prohibited route.
Condition 10 says there must be no obstructions on roads, footpaths or turning areas to prevent access.