Pat Smith, a 71-year-old grandmother from Dorking, is walking over 100 miles to raise funds for a legal challenge to Surrey County Council.
The Weald Action Group is calling for artists to submit work for a special online art sale in October 2020.
The sale is to raise funds for a legal challenge to Surrey County Council’s decision to allow the drilling of four more oil wells – and 20 years of oil production – at Horse Hill, near Horley in Surrey.
Sarah Finch, a local resident, has, with the support of the Weald Action Group, challenged this decision in court and won the right for a judicial review. Read more about the case.
The legal costs for this challenge are £35,000. Thanks to many generous supporters, more than £23,000 of this has been raised already. We now need to raise the remaining £12,000.
Weald Action Group plans to set up an online gallery during October 2020. We are inviting artists to list works for sale. The Weald Action Group will retain 33% of the asking price to go towards the costs of the judicial review.
If we win this case, it will be an important precedent for fossil fuel developments and other high-carbon-footprint developments across the UK. Planning authorities will have to consider the long-term, indirect emissions associated with a development, and the government’s Net Zero target.