Climate camp evicted at proposed Surrey gas drilling site

Campaigners said this morning that a climate camp on land proposed for gas exploration in Surrey had been cleared by bailiffs.

Eviction of Dunsfold Climate Camp, 1 November 2021.
Photo: Dunsfold Climate Protection Camp

The camp, established on 18 October 2021 , was on farmland near Dunsfold at the centre of a planning dispute between villagers and UK Oil & Gas plc (UKOG).

Campaigners reported the eviction at about 8.30am and said the camp had been cleared by about 10am.

Bailiffs had a document issued by the High Court on 27 October 2021 on behalf of the landowner, Ashley Ward. He spoke in favour of UKOG’s drilling plans at a meeting of Surrey County Council a year ago.

The company twice failed to get planning permission for its exploration proposals last year. A nine-day public inquiry closed in August 2021 and a decision is still awaited.

Photo: Dunsfold Climate Protection Camp
Photo: Dunsfold Climate Protection Camp
Photo: Dunsfold Climate Protection Camp

4 replies »

  1. Dear activists, Shocking scenes Democracy out of the window As security thugs gain entry Re occupy Rob in Lincoln

    Sent from Mail for Windows

  2. Democracy in action.

    Land owner owns some land, others want to occupy it without his permission. Owner gets them evicted.

    In some other countries they would be staying-but not above ground. Abuse democratic freedoms where they exist and it does not mean that abuse will be tolerated. Just dealt with in a different, democratic way.

    Surely, as there is so much local opposition to this development some local could volunteer their property for the encampment? Maybe make use of the wedding venue?

  3. Wondering if the eviction team were linked to the team from Bristol? that cleared out New Hope anti fracking protest camp at Preston New Road in Blackpool?
    Obviously removing protest camps doesn’t validate poisonous onshore oil and gas extraction sites or make them safe!

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