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The Fracks in local democracy.
(Concerning the WSCC planning meeting to decide on Cuadrilla’s planning application)

Despite a petition of nearly five and a half thousand signatures, despite over 850 objections – West Sussex County Council chose to ignore the material objection that Cuadrilla has no social licence to be in Balcombe. Well informed and well researched speeches were delivered by residents, which only served to highlight the obvious lack of reading and thought that the voting councillors (with the exception of one – thank you Sue Mullins) had put into this planning meeting. It is a sad day for democracy when the committee, like every other body involved in this process from the EA to the DECC, dismisses some of the most serious concerns as ‘not in their remit’. Then whose responsibility are these concerns? It shows a ridiculous lack of foresight, when an exploration company is allowed to have its process considered piecemeal in separate planning applications, without considering the end-game of oil production close to residents. Thus, each new application is in part validated by the fact that the previous one was approved. Very clever Lord Browne!

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Cuadrilla director Lord Browne

Back to our WSCC committee of elected representatives – evidence of health risks from flaring? Not their concern. Cuadrilla’s own researchers admit fluid can migrate up to 2000ft along fault plains and intend to put fluid down an uncased lateral borehole in a highly faulted area, within 1600ft of the aquifer- apparently nobody’s concern. Cuadrilla failed to include certain gases in their models of flaring emissions; have lost air samples and failed to consider the contour of the land so that the flare will actually pump chemicals out at more or less the level of our village (Lower Stumble is lower than Balcombe remember) -apparently nobody’s concern. Then of course there are the regulatory bodies that are supposed to protect us, but instead make assumptions that Cuadrilla has effectively self-regulated, which we know from past history that they have not. The HSE for example, have admitted they made no onsite checks of the well, yet this is part of their own best practice to ensure well failure does not occur. The WSCC and EA have then based their own permits on the idea that the well is, in fact, sound. This cannot be guaranteed, and as we have seen in Singleton, well failure does happen. Again – apparently nobody’s concern. Climate change? Clearly nobody’s concern, and certainly not the government’s, who admit climate change is occurring in one breath whilst redirecting subsidies away from renewables and into onshore oil and gas with the other. At what cost do we want our energy? We can only hope now, that an educated public will use their votes wisely.
By a concerned Balcombe resident.

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As a result of the decision taken in this meeting Frack Free Balcombe Resident’s association has now written to WSCC to inform them that they are prepared to take the case to a Judicial Review on the basis that the decisions of the committee were unlawful. They were not made with due diligence and attention to a number of very important issues. Among these being the issue of flaring, lack of well checks and WSCC ignoring public opinion.

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More information available on:

http://investigatingbalcombeandcuadrilla.com/2014/05/18/balcombe-residents-group-tells-west-sussex-why-well-testing-decision-was-illegal/#more-2447

Please make your vote count on Thursday this week at the European elections. As yet the Greens are the only party to have a fully anti-fracking stance, but please visit this website for information on how all MEPs have voted. These elections use proportional representation so your vote really does count.

Fracking: http://votetracker.eu/fracking.html#mep1965

Please continue to spread the word about this petition, we hope, if the judicial review is successful, that it will be of use again. Also West Sussex County Council get emailed every time someone signs up.

Please continue to lobby, all those on the planning committee below took the decision to allow this planning permission to go ahead. If you are a WSCC resident or particularly in one of their wards, then they made a decision on your behalf. Following this are other people you may wish to lobby…not least the final lists of government decision-makers.

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Councillors on the planning committee that made the decision to allow Cuadrilla’s application:

Andrew Barratt-Miles. Burgess Hill town: Andrew.barrett.miles@westsussex.gov.uk

Heidi Brunsdon. Imberdown: Heidi.brunsdon@westsussex.gov.uk (Chair)

Trixie Hall. Durrington and Salvington:Trixie.hall@westsussex.gov.uk

Liz Kitchen. Warnham and Rusper: liz.kitchen@westsussex.gov.uk

Duncan Crow. Tilgate & Furnace Green: Duncan.crow@westsussex.gov.uk

Gordon McAra. Midhurst: Gordon.mcara@westsussex.gov.uk

Janet Mockridge. Southwick: Janet.mockridge@westsussex.gov.uk

Simon Oakley. Chichester East: Simon.oakley@westsussex.gov.uk

Lionel Parsons. Sompting & North Lancing: Lionel.parsons@westsussex.gov.uk

John Rodgers. Cissbury: John.rogers@westsussex.gov.uk absent at meeting, Mr Hunt acted as substitute

Robin Rodgers. Northbrook: Robin.rogers@westsussex.gov.uk

Sujan Wickremaratchi. Haywards Heath Town: Sujan.wickremaratchi@westsussex.gov.uk

Recommendation to allow the work to go ahead made by:

Jane Moseley – Principal Planner: Jane.Moseley@westsussex.gov.uk
Mike Elkington – Minerals and Waste Dep: mwdf@westsussex.gov.uk

Please note Sue Mullins (Gossops Green and Ifield East: sue.mullins@westsussex.gov.uk) was also on this committee and voted against.

Bill Acraman County Councillor for Worth Forest inc Balcombe, Mr Acraman was at this meeting and allowed to speak, although not to take part in decisions: bill@sussextory.org.uk,

Copy and paste into your browser to see the Webcast of the meeting.

https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/living/environment_and_planning/planning/planning_applications/fracking.aspx

Others at WSCC:

louise.goldsmith@westsussex.gov.uk, Head of WSCC
pieter.montyn@westsussex.gov.uk, lead on Waste and Minerals
tony.kershaw@westsussex.gov.uk
chiefexecutive@westsussex.gov.uk
planning.enforcement@westsussex.gov.uk
highwaysandtransport@westsussex.gov.uk
planning.applications@westsussex.gov.uk
Helen.Card@westsussex.gov.uk, WSCC community liaison

Mid sussex District Councillors:

Leader: Gary Wall garry.wall@midsussex.gov.uk
Christopher Snowling (Health and Community) christopher.snowling@midsussex.gov.uk
Pru Moore (Leisure and Sustainability)pru.moore@midsussex.gov.uk
Gary Marsh (Planning and regeneration) gary.marsh@midsussex.gov.uk

Other people worth lobbying…

enquiries@Cuadrillaresources.com
andrewtyrie.mp@parliament.uk, conservative MP Sussex South Coast francismaude.mp@parliament.uk or: office@horshamconservatives.com MP Balcombe, Horsham, Billingshurst.
keithtaylor@greenmeps.org.uk, Green MEP SouthEast.
nicholas.soames.mp@parliament.uk, asks parliament questions for Maude
eric.pickles@communities.gsi.gov.uk, Secretary of State for communities and local government.

Environment Agency:

ssdenquiries@environment-agency.gov.uk

Health and Safety Executive:

donald.dobson@hse.gsi.gov.uk
dave.HID.scott@hse.gov.uk
david.nolan@hse.gsi.gov.uk

Department of Energy and Climate Change:

correspondence@decc.gsi.gov.uk
toni.harvey@decc.gsi.gov.uk (Senior Geoscientist UK Onshore)
p.s.gregory.barker@decc.gov.uk
ps.decc.sos@decc.gsi.gov.uk, Ed Davy at (DECC)
michael.fallon.mp@parliament.uk, Energy minister
mpst.fallon@bis.gsi.gov.uk
Baroness Verma: contactholmember@parliament.uk

Owen Paterson: Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,
Email: defra.helpline@defra.gsi.gov.uk

Labour, Shadow DECC:

tom.greatrex.mp@parliament.uk
caroline.flint.mp@parliament.uk
Julie.elliot.mp@parliament.uk
Jonothan.reynolds.mp@parliament.uk
Chris Ruane: ruanec@parliament.uk
Baroness Worthington: worthingtonb@parliament.uk

Annelise Dodds is asking for comments on Labour MEP’s website :
www.annelisiesedodds.org.uk

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Please note this list is not exhaustive, but it’s a great start, every email counts! Thank you once again for your kind support.

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Crawley My Home Town: 3 REASONS WHY I WILL BE OUTSIDE CRAWLEY TOWN HALL AT MIDDAY TODAY – WITH A PLACARD “PARTY-POLITICAL COUNCILLORS VOTED FOR CUTS & CLOSURES. VOTE ACCORDINGLY. VOTE THURSDAY”

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3 REASONS WHY I WILL BE OUTSIDE CRAWLEY TOWN HALL AT MIDDAY TODAY –WITH A PLACARD “PARTY-POLITICAL COUNCILLORS VOTED FOR CUTS & CLOSURES. VOTE ACCORDINGLY. VOTE THURSDAY” Pictures displayed by Street Democracy.

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Crawley Town Hall- The Boulevard, Crawley, West Sussex. It is a Tory run council.

1. Party-politics has no place in local politics. The people in the community come first, not the political party.

2. Party-politics caused these insane ‘Cuts & Closures’ because councillors put their political party first – not the people in the
local community which they are supposed to represent.

3. Party-politics created the ‘Whipped Vote’ at County Hall last February on Valentine’s Day, which has caused the problems we are now seeing in our local communities*. All 44 party-political councillors voted for these insane ‘Cuts & Closures’. Not one disagreed with this moral insanity. Not even one abstained. Why? Because they put their party first, not the people they represent.

This political decision requires a moral and political response. That means we must vote on Thursday. We must vote for our children’s sake –and for our future.

If we care enough, we will vote on Thursday.

*Cuts to the Crawley Lifeline Service – a critical service for the
elderly & vulnerable.
*Closures to Crawley’s Children & Family Centre Sessions – a lifeline
support to many Mums with their babies.

Yours sincerely

Richard W. Symonds
Independent Candidate for Ifield

Or tweet: Gatwick City ofIdeas https://twitter.com/GatwickCity

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Dear Editor


There will be a “Cuts & Closures” follow-up protest today (Mon) from Midday to 1pm, outside Crawley Town Hall.

Follow-up to Dec 16 2013 protest : “‘ Suffering and more deaths’ to follow cuts”
http://www.wscountytimes.co.uk/news/local/legality-of-county-council-cuts-challenged-in-horsham-protest-1-5755224

A small placard will read : “Councillors Voted For ‘Cuts & Closures’ On Valentine’s Day. Vote Accordingly On Thursday”


Yours sincerely
Richard W. Symonds

More Tory Theft-Ex-councillor will only have to pay £5 back after £154k fraud

Ex-councillor will only have to pay £5 back after £154k fraud

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While we miss vital meals just to survive, while we are demonised for daring to have a tv or furniture in our homes, we innately decent people do not steal like this Tory Cllr has.

Street Democracy writes:

The Tories have taken a lot of money from the tax payer and taken even more from those disabled, those unemployed and struggling to survive.

Those who are in bad health and cannot contribute to a full working week and those raising alone small young families are all struggling to survive.

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Another thief who stole £90,000 and only got to pay back £5,000. It is an outrageous corrupt biased political system destroying the poorer classes accusing us of stealing and they steal from tax payers is ok for them.

If either of these groups of people were caught stealing or found to have stolen £145 thousand pounds we would expect an arrest immediately, and a most definite prison sentence.

The Tories would be up in arms accusing the poor and lower classes of no morals and name calling us ‘scroungers’ and those disabled suffering with pain daily, as lazy.

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We don’t have a government we have a corrupt Mafia unprincipled political elite.

It is double standards by the corrupt government leadership of today.

The Tories are so badly in touch with society they’re double standards, lies and deception show and they don’t see it or don’t care.

We need to change our political system as the poor, disabled groups and those on low incomes found out how the trenches of democracy were blocked, or dug up.

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Totalitarianism, corrupt capitalist’s all in each other’s pockets they fondle regularly. They steal from the State but blame the poor.

All victims of ATOS, the bedroom tax and benefit cuts found out their voices have been silenced and this criminal is being let off is an absolute insult to all those struggling under the death dealing politics of the Tories.

It is a shameful government we have.

For more on this outrageous act of theft, click here or continue reading:

Ex-councillor will only have to pay £5 back after £154k fraud

Oxford Mail: Ex-councillor will only have to pay £5 back after £154k fraud

DISGRACED Tory councillor John Morgan will only have to pay back £5 of more than £154,000 he stole from an elderly Alzheimer’s sufferer.

At a confiscation hearing today at Oxford Crown Court a barrister for the Crown Prosecution Service said because his wife was awarded their £250,000 home in divorce proceedings the pensioner has no remaining assets.

Alan Blake, prosecuting, said it was with “regret” that the CPS had decided it could not oppose civil court proceedings which had ruled the house should belong to Morgan’s wife.

Recorder Patrick Hamlin said in light of the prosecution’s decision the former Wantage and Vale of White Horse councillor would have 28 days to pay a nominal sum of £5.

For more click here:

Ex-councillor will only have to pay £5 back after £154k fraud

Our Unprofessional Tory Government

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Do you agree with this statement? Some benefit claimants are now missing meals, echoing malnutrition, suffer social exclusion and are mocked by local Tory Councillors.

My Home Town Crawley: Former leader of Crawley Borough Council accuses fellow councillors of behaving like toddlers

Former leader of Crawley Borough Council accuses fellow councillors of behaving like toddlers by Crawley News

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Bedroom Tax victims received spiteful remarks too from some of the Tory Councillors that Tory Cllr Claire Denman is talking about-why isn’t something done about this? It kills our local democracy.

Street Democracy writes:

The boundaries of local democracy fade in Crawley.

Persistent local Tory Councillor’s counter attack principles and methodology towards social citizenship rip’s the soul of democracy away.

What isn’t surprising is how they also use the attack principle towards their own Tory colleagues.

 

However, Councillor Claire Denamn a Tory Councillor is shocked to receive insults from her colleagues, by other local Tory Councillors despite her being a Tory Councillor herself.

 

Shocked at how they don’t just play the spiteful blame game of unequivocal opposition and bigotry towards Labour Councillors, as some local Tory Councillor’s do it to members of the public also, and its not the first time towards their own political party.

Maybe now Cllr Claire Denman will appreciate the devastating effects it has when some of her colleagues spit towards us, the public, who have no power, and are completely defenceless.

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Some of the poor in Crawley feel socially and politically excluded. Including all vulnerable groups, from the disabled poor, the working poor, the unemployed, those unable to contribute towards working full time alienated and demonised.

It really does discourage local political thought, local critical thinking to exercise a healthy localised democracy, as it exacerbates social enmity providing nothing more than a political hostile environment for us to embrace.

 

It is no wonder many residents don’t get involved with local politics when local Tory Councillors are so antagonistic.

However, I doubt Cllr Denman comments will change anything and anyway, as a Deputy Leader of Crawley Borough Council, if she is insulted with her powerful position, then it says a lot for the average resident of Crawley.

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Local Councillors are servants to us, the political leaders are servants to local Councillors-it isn’t the other way round.

 

Also if Cllr Denman felt so strongly about certain attitudes, then she would or should, have addressed this matter at the time, but never did.

In fact she is as guilty for sitting back and let her colleagues rip into members of the public with sarcasm and mockery.

This occurred over the Bedroom Tax and Social Housing Tenants concerns over evictions.

The whole process of Benefit Cuts is extremely worrying for many families suffering from financial scarcity and worries of perpetual debt plus rent arrears.

We were met with no empathy, and thrown sterile statistical data back at us, and the blame card was always issued – ‘it’s Labour’s fault’ scenario.

We experienced a rough but sophisticated localised repressive political apparatus that created a collective despair for all of us.

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The Tory-Labour bitch back and throwing is a pointless waste of energy during meetings-unnecessary and time wasting-especially when it is aimed at the public. Why is it allowed even?

Why not publicly complain and let us clean up our local social democracy and our local democratic political infrastructure so we the people are not insulted for daring to attend meetings and speak our minds and exercise critical thought?

As a member of the public and resident of Crawley, when ever we tried to practice democracy, we too received insults from some of the local Tory Councillor’s.

When attending Crawley Town Hall public meetings we are allowed to have 30 minutes to ask questions. We are dictated too however in a stern voice, that our questions may not be answered or if they are we may not be allowed to respond.

It isn’t much of a democracy of encouraging local political innovation to me.

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Tory Councillors need to stop regurgitating what their leaders spout and listen to people and get back in touch with poverty issues in Crawley.

 

It is intimidating, cold and stern as if they don’t want you to waste their time asking stupid questions.

It is as if they don’t want you to disturb the agenda so they can have an easy evening and be done with the public.

We are then silenced for the rest of the public meeting while listening to the Councillors of all parties in their representative democracy.

It is here when we the public are not allowed to speak, or we get thrown out, or the police are called or these Councillors just get up and walk out as they have done before over the public’s very legitimate outrage of the Bedroom Tax.

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Our Tory Govt is out of touch so repeating out what they say isn’t going to relate to the local.

So our democracy is really 30 minutes and the Mayor has often closed this time lime before, that really upset the public.

When we question the reduce time we are threatened, jeered at by some Tory Councillor’s all smirking and just rude.

However during the meeting our questions would be sarcastically brought up by some Tory Councillor’s so rude and obnoxious, that they hurt and cause offence to us.

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I have seen people walk out because of Tory Councillors mocking them during the meetings-spewing out sarcasm and upsetting locals who won’t ever return and killing our local democracy because of it.

So this statement from the ex-Deputy Leader of Crawley Council by her own Tory party isn’t of any surprise and yes clearly they have lost touch.

Some Tory Councillors would spit back towards the public knowing how desperate some were to get answers and mock them in gesture.

Mocking is the word, as their attitude is ‘nothing we can do’ with a smirk on their face.

Many residents would get up mortified and upset by the slandering insults during the meeting and it kills democracy.

The last public meeting I attended, there were 5 of us, including me, instead of 90 and one of them was a small boy with his father.

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It is scary of how out of touch some Councillor’s are. Snobbery fills the public chamber when some of them walk in. Some shouldn’t be Councillor’s. Whether this picture is a true account as Cllr Marshall-Ascough claims it isn’t when we spoke-it is in my view symbolic of how some of the Tory Councillor’s view poverty in Crawley.

It is the rudeness, the sarcasm and the mocking that is allowed at the Town Hall and when you complain you are ignored.

Please read: Conservative councillor says he doesn’t believe anyone in Crawley is going hungry as Labour calls for food bank in Town Hall

Please read: 55,000 food parcels a year handed out to struggling Crawley families – as row continues over whether town needs extra food bank

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People in Crawley are missing meals-disabled people are going without food to keep spare bedroom for essential equipment-penalised and demonised for daring to hoard a room of 6ft x 5ft are in perpetual debt and rent arrears. Street Democracy


Please read: Labour councillor claims Crawley families are £2,900 worse off than in 2010

I sent an email regarding the abysmal exercise of democracy at Crawley Town Hall, Crawley Borough Council and about the unprofessional conduct of some of Tory Councillor’s behaviour.

I emailed twice and got no reply back, nothing and was ignored.

It is further interesting that Cllr Denman has accused the Tory Councillor’s of ‘losing their humanity and acting like toddlers’, loosing humanity towards other people and loosing touch with reality’ is precisely how we feel too.

However, her words are printed, and no doubt will be commented on. Our words of similar anger are ignored.

It is a sham of a democracy in Crawley sometimes when issues of hardship are mentioned and then ridiculed especially with the Tory leadership’s antagonistic demonisation methodology towards the poor is outrageous.

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No democracy, no chance with Tory Henry Smith MP. Voted for Bedroom Tax, Benefit Cuts-Student fee increases, ATOS and sympathises with local Fracking-enough said. He’ll pray for the poor at St.Paul’s church in Crawley, but votes to impoverish them further-hypocritical is what I say.

Some of the members of the Tory’ Councillors of Crawley have lost touch with reality for sure, we could have told Claire Denman this when we as a community regularly attending Crawley meetings.

All we got was a regurgitation of the ‘Punishing State’ their Tory leaders have created and tough luck attitude towards us.

I know of individuals who have had private meetings with Crawley Borough Council to be driven to tears and met with nothing but harsh dialogue.

It is interesting how her son is important, how her home life is important and how she is angry at her fellow Tory Councillors for not showing her the respect she felt she deserved.

How about the Broadfield amputee who is in chronic pain, cannot breath and needs his own spare bedroom to sleep apart from his wife, is targeted as a ‘scrounger’ and ‘lazy’ as he was financially slaughtered, ridiculed by ATOS and Crawley Homes, demanded he pay the Bedroom Tax?

He received the same treatment as everyone else and was even lied to by Henry Smith MP who said he wouldn’t have to pay it.

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No empathy, death-dealing politics and victims in Crawley have no voice, nothing has changed and policies have got worse. People in Crawley are missing meals to compensate for the benefit cuts and we need support not demonisation.

 

This innately decent Social Housing Tenant with severe disabilities has to pay Bedroom Tax and stil does. He’ll never work again and is desperately poor selling his possessions to pay back debt of his permanent rent arrears.

For more on some home truths about Crawley’s social democracy click here for the Crawley News or continue to read.

STEPPED DOWN:  Claire Denman has resigned from Crawley Borough Council

A FORMER acting leader of Crawley Borough Council who resigned as a councillor last week has criticised fellow councillors for losing their “humanity” and acting like “toddlers”.

Claire Denman stood down last Wednesday after ten years as a councillor.

The ward member for Pound Hill South and Worth was also cabinet member for customer and corporate services and left a year before her term was due to expire.

Last year she told the Crawley News she would consider her position after announcing she was moving out of Crawley to Pulborough. Mrs Denman has now said the move, as well as personal factors, led to her taking the decision now.

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“One of the challenges is that the political process takes over everything and some councillors seem to lose a sense of humanity towards other people.

“They become so wrapped up in the party politics and lose touch with reality.

“A case that always jumps to mind is when a relative had a brain tumour and a councillor had a go at me for missing a meeting to be with them. I couldn’t believe it.

Read more: http://www.crawleynews.co.uk/acting-leader-Crawley-Borough-Council-resigns/story-20961442-detail/story.html?ito=email_newsletter_crawleynews#ixzz2zbjO7Nhg

The Killing of Local Democracy At Crawley-The Bedroom Tax Forces Hunger and Debt!

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Housing officers make regular demands of money and happily take debt payments from those missing meals to pay for the bedroom tax. These guys localised a brutal punishing housing policy.

Street Democracy writes:

The Bedroom Tax is a ‘spirit of the age’ Tory punishing policy.

The social housing tenant now live’s in a ‘punishing state’ if suddenly their dwelling has been deemed inappropriate for them to live in because of this ‘under occupancy or bedroom tax’.

The bedroom tax has and still does evoke legitimate anger and outrage and the needs of this aggressive housing policy to be scrapped is an under statement.

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A sophisticated method of social cleansing with one failure, the Tories forgot to make way for the shipment of poor effected by the bedroom tax to go too!

Local bedroom tax campaigners worked tirelessly to speak for the poor, to speak out against the bedroom tax but to no avail and were socially shut down and disempowered.

My point is how our local Crawley based, civil servants ignored the suffering of their tenants and still do.

There is no empathy, compassion within the sterile statistical data and housing policies agenda installed.

These professional’s are making financial demands upon those unable to work, who are not fit to work, are disabled or are unemployed and have been discriminated and demonised by the Tory political party to point score.

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The austerity measures for us, prosperity for the ruling elites is an outrage even through our fluoridated minds.

A malicious method, a spiteful attack upon the poorest families that has been localised in a nasty aggressive blame game.

Blaming social housing tenants given the green light to accommodate council dwellings only to have the rug under their feet get ripped out by a sudden drastic change in policy.

Where does it say this is appropriate behaviour in any code of ethics for social landlords to follow?

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Narcissistic psychopathic main frame Tory agenda has socially demonised social housing tenants blaming them for the economic failings while they give themselves an 11% pay rise.

When we the social sector speak out, it is a social disgrace and the police get called, we are silenced and socially demonised.

The social fabric of social housing tenants has been slashed and ripped to shreds, all applied by the hands of those who are meant to look out for us, defend us, our housing officers and benefit agents.

Crawley Borough Council the social landlord of my area, completely ignored us at first. When they did finally speak to us, it was individually and with disdain.

They soon became ruthless with great efficiency over summoning us to pay for this very aggressive and most putrid housing policy, the bedroom tax.

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We all see the world through fluoridated eyes, but that doesn’t give them permission to speak to bedroom tax victims with such disdain. 

They didn’t stand up for us as a council should in order to defend and protect their communities.

They just said ‘we are not paid to be political’ yet they follow the Tory political agenda.

Not paid to think is my interpretation of this statement.

Crawley Borough Council staff members of  housing, didn’t question such ‘death dealing’ and very ‘Orwellian’ policies and didn’t refuse to administer and process such a draconian strict code of aggressive housing policy for us at all.

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It was and still is a war on the poor after all. This is what housing officers and social landlords localised for us, with brutal and ruthless efficiency. That’s ok as it wasn’t them.

These housing officers and benefit agents localised the Tory’s bullying, amplified the misery and gave the punishing state its power.

Read how poor these housing officers are.

Click here: 

Councillors’ pay in the spotlight-

In total, councillors in Crawley took away £438,405 in that period.

Crawley Borough Council rejects calls to resist bedroom tax

Up to 183 people in Crawley “could have lost homes” after benefits were wrongly cut

This is Councillor Richard Burrett Tory, and one of the most rudest of all.

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Councillor Richard Burrett spoke so rudely to one poor woman, that she just got up and left close to tears. She’ll never return to any public meeting after feeling humiliated and how it was a waste of her time. We the people in Crawley felt then, that we were silenced by mockery and rude statements from these Councillors, when the public were no longer able to speak. It was a horrible experience to try to be politically active from the social sector and discouraged many from doing so.

It seems mocking the poor at Crawley Town Hall is allowed after all, who are you going to complain too.

The Mayor who chairs the meetings is a Tory.

Head of Housing is another Tory.

Crawley Council has a majority that are all Tory.

If any of these Councillors read it, then learn from it and never speak with such sarcasm again to members of the public as it is unprofessional and undemocratic.

There is no way it can be challenged by any of these Tory Councillors.

Councillors Richard Burrett, Liam Ascough Marshall and Duncan Crow are all Crawley local Councillors and all Tories and can be incredibly rude and sarcastic to those seated in the public gallery, who are not Tory supporters.

Fact’s are fact;s and the truth is here and all took place publicly.

They don’t even hide their disdain for the local social sector.

I was there when we were spoken too like vermin and how democracy died in Crawley on those particular evenings.

It discouraged many local residents from becoming politically active.

The whole point of public meetings is to encourage it not destroy it.

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Innately decent people victims of sudden benefit cuts, disabled people wrongly accused of being fit to work, bedroom tax victims all were mocked here at our local council. It is Councillor’s like this that destroy what little democracy there is.

We demonstrated, we begged and pleaded for them to take note but to no avail.

Now we miss meals, we are going hungry, we are forced into perpetual debt, we are in serious financial state of affairs, suffering from permanent rent arrears and more. 

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We need a food bank in Crawley. We are hungry through no fault of our own. Most benefit claimants are genuine and sincere being punished and demonised as scroungers.

The point is money.

Financial scarcity is no joke, it means living in this corrupt deformed and biased in favour of the wealthy capitalist system and social housing tenants effected by serious benefit cuts and forced to pay council tax, bedroom tax are living sub-human standards and desperately under the poverty line of acceptance.

Some of us need help and going through the accepted avenues have been blocked by faceless and nameless bureaucratic nonsense digging up the trenches of democracy for us to be halted.

We have no luck talking to our local MP.

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Henry Smith MP Tory. Voted for student fee increases and is the reason many of our young fear further education. Voted for the bedroom tax, benefit cuts, sympathetic to the industrialisation of fracking and supports ATOS. Enough said.

 

Henry Smith MP Tory doesn’t listen and supports benefit cuts and regurgitates what his heavy weight corrupt Tory MP politicians keep saying without realising it doesn’t relate to real life.

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We the poor were openly and publicly humiliated and mocked during the several times we attended the Crawley Town Hall open public meetings held on Wednesdays at 7.30pm. We got silenced.

Bedroom Tax victims got silenced by rude Tory Councillors who mocked us during Town Hall public meetings.

We got silenced by their disdain and their regurgitation of Tory heavy weight out of touch ‘gutter’ politics.

We bedroom tax victims of Crawley shall just remain in perpetual debt, missing meals to pay, before the housing officers send out threatening letters of eviction. We live in constant fear of evictions.

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We bedroom tax victims and those against the benefit cuts were bulldozed by civil servants unwilling to listen and challenge such brutalisation of the social policies from the 2012 Welfare Reform Act.

These hypocrites are out of touch, selfish and self serving local psychopaths with no empathy for their social housing tenants.

Its all about them.

As long as they continue to receive their healthy salaries, its fine they will continue to blindly follow the tail of the one in front and shame on them.

Here in Crawley, in the heart of West Sussex, 20 miles or so outside of London, we have modern day families, individuals, missing meals to pay catch up on the housing rent because of the bedroom tax.

It is a disgrace upon innately decent people, poor working class social housing tenants that need Housing Benefit as the minimum wage covers little and part time workers need help and so the list goes on.

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Many local residents sat in tears having their private lives ransacked and penalised for daring to hoard a spare room of 6ft by 5ft. These housing officer sat behind their desks and held no empathy but smiled while they deprived us for essential monies to survive.

Please feel free to comment if you are a victim of the bedroom tax especially Crawley.

UK hunger crisis laid bare in open letter to PM from professional couple forced to resort to food banks

UK hunger crisis laid bare in open letter to PM from professional couple forced to resort to food banks 

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People in Crawley, West Sussex are going hungry, missing meals regularly to pay the bedroom tax and other death dealing benefit cuts by the Tories.

Street Democracy writes:

Here in Crawley, W.Sussex I hear and meet local residents who regularly miss meals because of being forced to pay the bedroom tax or have been hit hard by the benefit cuts.

I meet people who tell me democracy for them doesn’t exist for they feel silenced and excluded.

Our local MP, Henry Smith (Tory), doesn’t listen to them or me for that matter, and gives back automated pre-written emails or responses regurgitated from the Tory henchmen Conservative Leaders.

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Henry Smith MP-Prayed at Northgate Church for the poor but ignores their pleas, supports bedroom tax, benefit cuts and ATOS all death dealing Tory policies-hypocrite!

There is no empathy in this sterile economic torture towards the poor.

The Tory punishing state is expanding as our stomachs rumble for food.

We have some Tory Councillor’s who feel we the poor live lavishly on food take away’s, daily and we don’t need a food bank.

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This Tory Councillor is also rude to members of the public who don’t support Tory policy. Mockery is allowed at Town Hall meetings towards the public gallery when the public are not permitted to speak to defend themselves. Outcome-innately decent people walk out.

 

This particular Tory Councillor is wrong.

He is using in accurate and by out of touch information to make such a crazy statement.

This Tory Councillor cannot hear, or relate to the numbers of Crawley residents who bear the weight of this Tory ‘war against the poor’ and even Iain Duncan Smith stated it was a war.

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So it is a war then! A war against the lower classes and financially weaponising benefits and to demonise claimants has been a Tory success.

Crawley, Tory Councillor refuse’s to open their eyes to their political party’s destruction policy aimed at benefit claimants.

It has been a spiteful punishing agenda, especially using the blame game for economic failures being aimed at benefit claimants and calling it a ‘benefit culture’ like it was always easy to survive on.

There are hungry people in Crawley, I know this for a fact. Desperately trying to find work that pays their rent, mortgage and the corporate cost of living is now very difficult without welfare top ups.

Crawley Borough Council and the local Crawley Job Centre amplify this misery, by following the Tory psychopathic main frame with ruthless efficiency.

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Bedroom tax victims were regularly mocked by Tory Councillor’s and many walked out feeling worse than what they did walking in. This is Crawley Borough Council where workers are paid not to be political-paid no to think more like.

For more on the ‘war on the poor’ click here for the Mirror or continue reading:

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By orders of wealthy ruling families-death dealing policies-this Tory psychopathic agenda is being followed with ruthless efficiency.

UK hunger crisis laid bare in open letter to PM from professional couple forced to resort to food banks 

As a report reveals one million food parcels have been handed out including 330,000 to hungry children, a professional working couple tell how they had to rely on food banks to feed their baby.

Hard working: Hannah, baby Hunter and Dean Chadwick

 

NHS PA Hannah Chadwick, 31, and her engineer husband Dean, 27, ran out of money to feed themselves and their 16-month-old son Hunter after their car needed £700 of repairs.

In an open letter to David Cameron, the couple, from Wrexham in North Wales, reveal how they had to use a food bank to survive:

Dear Mr Cameron

We are a hard-working family and never buy anything on credit. We are proud of being able to provide for ourselves and didn’t want to beg off someone else. So going to the food bank was our only option. We were a bit embarrassed but in August we turned up at our local centre.

There was a real mix of people there. We expected to see homeless people or those fighting addiction. But there were also professional workers, older people and families.

They gave us three days of food but it lasted a week. It tided us over to payday. Without it we’d have gone hungry. We don’t think the answer is more food banks. Cheaper childcare would have helped us. We are a wealthy country and it is shocking that so many don’t have enough.

We want the Government to come up with ways that people can help themselves. And if you are struggling our message to you is, ‘Don’t be too proud to ask for help’. We wanted to give back so we donate food ourselves.

Hannah and Dean Chadwick

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/uk-food-bank-crisis-open-3417613#ixzz2z3dKxWsW 

My Home Town Crawley- In Memory of PCSO Ken Oldershaw 07/10/49-28/03/14

In Memory of PCSO Ken Oldershaw

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Crawley Police Station where they all the police officers lined up to give PCSO Ken Oldershaw a Police Guard of Honour send off- It was a wonderful touching tribute.

Crawley PCSO stalwart Ken Oldershaw to receive guard of honour at funeral by Crawley News

Street Democracy writes:

In memory of PCSO Ken Oldershaw, my local police officer and friend. ‘You will be surely missed’.

It was a wonderful sight to see so many people turn up for Ken’s funeral. All still in shock as poor Ken passed away last Friday, 28th March.

We were all hoping he would make a full recovery, but it wasn’t to be.

Our thoughts are with his loving family, his wife and children especially.

During the service we sat and listened to both his children speak very moving tributes towards their father as well as Neighbourhood Watch Chairman Mr John Wright.

Ken was always keen to promote community projects within our community of Northgate, Crawley and Mr Wright spoke very movingly about Ken’s dedication towards Neighbourhood Watch.

I am myself a Neighbourhood Watch Co-Ordinator, and I know too well at the level of passion he showed towards it, helping me organised my NHW meetings.

Ken always kept us informed busily keeping Northgate in Crawley in touch with Sussex Police with regular policing updates.

He will be surely missed.

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So very proud of Crawley police that afternoon.

We waited outside the crematorium and saw the endless police cars, police vans and Ken’s much-loved (yellow) Police CCTV van, turn up too with blue lights flashing.

That was what brought tears to many eyes, who stood outside for Ken to turn up with his family.

When that time came, Crawley police officers, all lined up, held their hats and looking so smart in their uniforms, saluted Ken as his coffin was carried inside.

A full police guard of honour.

It was also great to see Labour Cllr Chris Oxlade and also Labour Cllr Geraint Thomas there

This was at Balcombe crematorium held on the 3rd April at 4.30pm.

Thank you Crawley Police, you did us all proud that day.

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Very proud of Crawley Police. All the officers lined up just outside the entrance, looking very smart in their uniforms saluting to Ken for his dedicated services to the police force.

ONE of Crawley’s first ever PCSOs is to receive a guard of honour from colleagues at his funeral today (Thursday).

Ken Oldershaw died last Friday, March 28, just six months before he was due to retire from Sussex Police.

Mr Oldershaw, 64, had been battling cancer since last year but died of pneumonia in The Royal Marsden Hospital, in London.

Mr Oldershaw became a PCSO 10 years ago, starting the role at Gatwick Airport before moving on to cover Northgate and then Three Bridges.

Police and members of the town’s Neighbourhood Watch will stand a guard of honour at his funeral.

It is taking place at Surrey and Sussex Crematorium at 4.30pm.

Instead of flowers, the family request donations are given to Mr Oldershaw’s dream fund – https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ken-oldershaw-s-dream-fund

Read more: http://www.crawleynews.co.uk/Crawley-PCSO-stalwart-Ken-Oldershaw-receive-guard/story-20906355-detail/story.html#ixzz2y6AP5QSn

The Putrid Bedroom Tax: Victims of Bedroom Tax facing ‘severe financial hardship and distress’ MPs warn

Victims of Bedroom Tax facing ‘severe financial hardship and distress’ MPs warn

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Clegg holds no backbone and allows the centralisation of economic control to continue penalising social housing tenants with the bedroom tax.

Street Democracy writes:

It is like a psychopathic virus infecting social housing tenants with severe financial sanctions just for hoarding a room of 6ft x 5ft.

Like a psychopathic virus, it holds no empathy or compassion for the most poorest of social housing tenants, innately decent people who were struggling to survive in the first place.

The bedroom tax has localised suppression and created a punishing agenda for those affected.

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The bedroom tax is guilty of silencing the poor, victimising them and demonising them, dividing communities and causing debt for social housing tenants.

It has created local authorities to localise financial blackmail of pay up or leave your home type scenario.

To administer a psychopathic and rather toxic political policy, housing officers up and down the UK have helped give this putrid and aggressive housing policy its power, when from the mouths of the Tory party, it had none.

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Morally bankrupt Tories have localised financial suppression, debt and destitution through this aggressive housing policy.

Blindly following the tail of the one in front, housing agents have helped economically butcher the poor, and silenced them.

Social democracy has so far failed as the bedroom tax and local housing authorities have silenced the poor over issues regarding the this legislation.

They have helped ‘rape the minds of the poor’ with their brutal centres of economic control, enslaving social housing tenants to permanent rent arrears, debt and financial destitution.

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It is outrageous how they have discriminated heavily against the disabled poor with no concerns.

I know of people in Crawley, West Sussex who miss meals on a regular basis.

They have no choice but to let their electricity and gas pay meter run out and sit in the dark, the cold for some evenings while they scoop up enough money out of their benefits of £71 a week to pay for the bedroom tax.

Our local Tory MP, Henry Smith couldn’t care less and even lied to a disabled person about how they wouldn’t have to pay, despite being threatened by Crawley Borough Council with letters dictating otherwise.

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Failed to support those affected by the bedroom tax hypocrite who prays for the poor in church but approves of Tory death dealing politics that creates poverty.

This particular amputee has to pay for the small spare bedroom despite medical conditions stating he needs space for disability equipment but he cannot share a bed with his wife for he sleeps in the small room.

The cold sterile attitudes of Crawley Borough Council echo’s no empathy as they continue to disempower, disrespect and show great disdain to locals suffering from the bedroom tax.

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Housing Officers at Crawley Borough Council, claimed they were not paid to be political. I say not paid to think more like when enforcing no empathy cold sterile aggressive death dealing housing policies such as the bedroom tax.

For more on the brutalisation of social housing tenants the harsh economic centres of power administering this aggressive housing policy click here or continue reading:

Victims of Bedroom Tax facing ‘severe financial hardship and distress’ MPs warn

‘Victims of the Bedroom Tax are facing “severe financial hardship and distress”, MPs warn today.

In a withering report, they say Iain Duncan Smith’s welfare shake up is hitting the vulnerable and putting more people on streets.

The findings by the Commons Work and Pensions committee comes as new figures show more than two million of the poorest families have been hit by council tax rises.

The committee says there is conclusive evidence that people hit by the bedroom tax are “suffering financial hardship.”

It says the hated policy is “having a particular impact on people with disabilities, especially those living in adapted accommodation, or who need an extra room as a result of their disability, and who are unlikely to be able to move house or enter work.”’

Read more: Victims of Bedroom Tax facing ‘severe financial hardship and distress’ MPs warn

Lib Dem President Will Withdraw Party’s Support For Bedroom Tax

‘The Liberal Democrat president, Tim Farron, will withdraw his party’s support for the bedroom tax on Wednesday, saying it has caused “huge social problems”.

His warning comes as an all-party committee of MPs condemns the tax, designed to encourage people on housing benefit to move to smaller properties, as a blunt instrument that is causing severe hardship for the disabled.

In a speech that will distance the Lib Dems from the controversial tax, Farron condemns what he describes as attacks on the poorer members of society. “The onslaught of divisive rhetoric that demonises the poor can never help us to create a fairer society,” he will tell the Centre for Social Justice. “The bedroom tax causes huge social problems and distorts the market – we as a party cannot support this.”’

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They Are Trying Every Dirty ‘Fracking’ Trick To Get Our Lands-Even Changing Laws!

Trespass law overhauled to make it easier for frackers: Firms will be able to access underground gas without asking landowners for permission

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When do we realise commerce is the ‘extinction button’ and capitalism is helping ‘Earth’s’ early premature death along at great speed.

Street Democracy writes:

In some form of sick and twisted diabolical brilliance, the dark sinister foundations of our government are trying every conceivable way to get hold of our sacred lands, even by changing law to suit them.

To re-shape law so it is clear no one actually owns the land under your home.

To distort law so trespassing gets overhauled for fracking purposes.

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Hydraulic fracturing is an aggressive manner to extract anything from earth, but especially using highly toxic chemicals to do so. Fracking is the extinction button these gluttonous companies are willing to press.

To give way for corporate giants to just steam in, and rip up the land for the industrialisation of fracking right under your home.

The distortion is dirty as fracking is harmful to our planet. 

We face legions of faceless and nameless bureaucratic corrupt sterile Tory ‘think tanks’ who work out every possible way to push fracking ahead and where we the citizen have no choices.

It is bureaucratic harassment, and the ecological death, the murdering of our planet is pushed to one side.

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We cannot allow a colossal size, mass industrialisation of fracturing our lands with highly toxic chemicals, it is beyond insanity to even think about it.

 

They refuse to see its destruction, for the profits of gain out weigh the cost of earth and her precious lands and our quality of survival.

Her ecology, her bio-diversity, her health already sore and wounded.

Earth’s death zones spiralling out of control in some form of splendid isolation as some corporations even find her death zones as source for wealth accumulation.

Our Tory government is full of two faced, psychopathic diseased minded venal politicians with a rapacious appetite for their gluttonous greed and financial returns of the fracking industry.

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This picture depicts just one form of environmental disaster amongst the many issues surrounding fracking.

The battles are fierce between innately decent citizens and corporate greed and destruction where the war against fracking is vast.

We in Crawley, West Sussex have our local MP who is sympathetic towards fracking.

Henry Smith Tory MP of Crawley is encouraging moves of industrialising fracking, but then I find Tory politicians and local Councillors tend to spit out what the Tory government say anyway.

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Henry Smith Tory MP-supported ATOS-supports the bedroom tax, supports the raising of student fees and feels fracking is good for the economy. He is morally bankrupt with no deep or meaningful soul.

There appears little individual thought and independence within any of these political parties but regurgitation.

For more on the cesspit of governmental decisions click here for more or continue reading:

Trespass law overhauled to make it easier for frackers: Firms will be able to access underground gas without asking landowners for permission

‘Fracking firms will be allowed to access vast reserves of underground gas without the permission of landowners under controversial laws being drawn up by the Government.

Ministers are preparing an overhaul of trespass legislation to make it easier for firms to ignore objections.

One source said the reform, which will infuriate anti-fracking campaigners, was likely to be included in the Queen’s Speech setting out the Government’s plans for its final year.’

Read more: Trespass law overhauled to make it easier for frackers: Firms will be able to access underground gas without asking landowners for permission

Fracking operations may start in Pennsylvania against landowners’ will

‘An energy company is hoping to use a little-used, 53-year-old Pennsylvania law in order to launch a fracking operation on land even if landowners oppose the action.

The incident revolves around a potential oil and gas site in New Bedford, Pennsylvania, where four landowners have refused to sign leases authorizing a new drilling operation by Texas-based Hilcorp Energy.

According to the company, 99 percent of the area’s landowners have signed leases permitting the operation in exchange for cash and royalties, but the holdouts – representing 35 of the 3,267 acres in limbo – have been adamant in their refusal to budge.’

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