Fracking - your vote makes a difference

If there is one lesson to be learned from the fracking issue in Balcombe, it is the importance of taking part in local democracy. The fact that this issue was allowed through by a parish council, proves that if people are really concerned about their environment, participation at the lowest level of democracy is vital.

Demonstrating and camps with outside activists are less legitimate than the democratic process which saw no reason to stop this.

I hope Lewesians, whatever their politics, bear this in mind with two town council by-elections on the horizon. It may seem small beer but it does make a difference, and there is no excuse as if the four parties taking part are not enough for you, you only need a few signatures to stand yourself.

So whatever your beliefs, vote.

Trevor Hopper

Lewes