Residents "weep with relief" as council rejects Sussex fracking site.

West Sussex Gazette: “Villagers wept with relief as plans for exploratory drilling between Kirdford and Wisborough Green were thrown out by the county council today (Tuesday July 22).”
“Almost 100 members of the public cheered, wept and hugged each other as West Sussex County Council’s Planning Committee rejected Celtique’s bid for a temporary well off Kirdford Road near Northup Copse.
Planning officers had recommended the application be refused on highways safety and capacity grounds and councillors concurred.
After the meeting Phil Donoghue, who spoke in opposition on behalf of Keep Kirdford and Wisborough Green, said: “We are absolutely delighted, but we do understand it’s round one, but the council have decided in the way we wanted them to.”
He said they expected Celtique could appeal against the decision, but he hoped they would abandon the site and find somewhere more suitable.
….Simon Oakley (Con, Chichester East) said he had looked through Celtique’s updated information on highways and could not see anything to make him go against the officers’ recommendation and raised concerns about the junction of Durbans Road and the A272.
….Duncan Crow (Con, Tilgate and Furnace Green) added: “What I do see the highways grounds they feel overwhelming, they are conclusive. The county council do not object to planning applications on a whim.”
As well as rejecting it on highways grounds the committee added another reason, citing site selection as it felt Celtique had not demonstrated the location was the best option compared to alternatives.”