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The ‘protection camp’ at Brockham has been closed by anti-oil protesters

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The protest camp set up in the wake of activity at the Brockham oil well has now been closed. The camp, on Old School Lane and known as the Brockham Protection Camp, was set up by protesters in the wake of increased activity at the site which saw its owner Angus Energy install a temporary rig as well as numerous HGV movements to and from the site. While the camp, which was removed on Friday (February 3), was in place five people, including a grandmother from Dorking, were arrested on suspicion of obstructing vehicles on January 9 and 10.

A sixth person Callum Eden, 20, of Old School Lane, Brockham, was arrested on January 9 and charged with tampering with a motor vehicle. He is due to appear at Guildford Crown Court on February 13. READ MORE: Dorking grandmother among five arrested after protests at Brockham oil well[2]


Supporters of the camp have said that it was set up to monitor activity at the oil well and as that activity has now stopped the camp has been cleared. Jacquetta Fewster, a spokeswoman for the Mole Valley Green Party, said: “The company has finished its current operations and as the whole purpose of the camp was to monitor these operations it has now been cleared away. “The authorities don’t have the resources to monitor these types of operations so it is up to those people who are concerned about these activities to monitor them and ensure that they are fully complying with their planning permission.

“It was all of the people down at the camp, all of the local people from Dorking and surrounding areas, who made sure that the oil company’s activities were monitored. “They witnessed large numbers of lorries visiting the site down narrow lanes and heard and witnessed activity going on through the night.” READ MORE: Dorking man suggests residents stop paying their council tax in protest at Leith Hill oil site[3]

The Brockham oil well is not the only site in Mole Valley currently targeted by “protectors” as a camp is also in place on Leith Hill where permission has been granted for 18 weeks of exploratory drilling. Ms Frewster believes that with the Leith Hill site still active and more work anticipated at Brockham in the future “protectors” will continue to monitor the situation. She said: “We are expecting planning permission to be applied for more operations at Brockham and I am sure a lot of people will be very concerned about this and will want to make sure any activity is monitored.”

Angus Energy has been approached for comment on the closing down of the camp and future plans for the Brockham oil well.

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  1. ^ Comments (0) (www.surreymirror.co.uk)
  2. ^ Dorking grandmother among five arrested after protests at Brockham oil well (www.surreymirror.co.uk)
  3. ^ Dorking man suggests residents stop paying their council tax in protest at Leith Hill oil site (www.surreymirror.co.uk)

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