Great Gas Gala

Since 7am on Thursday (25th) the community in Balcombe, Sussex has been resisting attempts by fracking company Cuadrilla Resources to start drilling in their village. They need your help!

As the Great Gas Gala continues it’s looking like Balcombe 1 – Cuadrilla 1 with all to play for. The main difference between the opponents being that the people of Balcombe are fighting for their health and environment while Cuadrilla is trying to make a quick buck out of destroying other people’s communities. On Day 1 more than 250 people stopped Cuadrilla bringing any equipment onto the site. During Day 2 more than 90 police waded in to break up the blockade by force and escort trucks onto the site.

The camp outside the site is still going strong though, with people refusing to be intimidated by this police thuggery. People are staying overnight but more support is needed. Car-loads of people arriving from all over UK. Come down for the night and weekend! Come now if you can but if not tomorrow morning as early as you can. Day 3 shaped up to be the biggest yet in the fight to keep fracking out of Sussex. Battle for Balcombe far from over!

All are warmly invited to join Balcombe Village in a clear demonstration of front-line protection against those that threaten us and our environment.

Balcombe is only a 25 minutes train-ride north of Brighton, and 39 minutes south from London. Some but not all trains on the Brighton – London line stop at Balcombe. Trains run every hour from Brighton and London Bridge and it is also possible to catch trains from London Victoria, usually changing at East Croydon. See the map page for directions to the site, which is a 5 minute walk from Balcombe Station.

Free Bus from Brighton to Balcombe – 7am (each morning) Old Steine bus stop (near RBS). Space for 50+

If you’re driving and have space, please contact info@greatgasgala.org.uk to offer a lift!

Things to bring:

Essential – water, food and warm/waterproof clothes, sun protection.

Recommended –
Picnics, cakes, water, tea-making facilities, warm/waterproof clothes, friends, banners, games, music, instruments, Knitting (yellow and black – gasfield free community colours!), blankets, chairs, tables, Gazebos, small tents, plastic cutlery/plates. You get the picture.

Things not to bring:

Alcohol, drugs, anything which could be construed as a weapon, glass etc.

Take Note!:

The Great Gas Gala! will be a clear demonstration of community protection against the threat of harm to our health and environment posed by the fracking industry. The industry is supported by the state and therefore there will almost certainly be a police-presence. Know your rights and don’t be intimidated. The Gala will be an inclusive, friendly space. We won’t be bullied.

See you at the Gala, it’ll be a gas!

http://greatgasgala.org.uk/