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Could this tiny Kent village become the next 'Balcombe?'

At the moment, its a quiet corner of east Kent. But locals there fear that they could be at the centre of battles between police and protestors. Scenes similar to Balcombe in Sussex - if an oil exploration company has its way.

Coastal Oil and Gas have submitted drilling applications at Shepherdswell, Tilmanstone and Guston in east Kent. The licence they have says they'll drill for methane - not shale gas.

But that hasn't stopped the worries for villagers. They think it could damage their countryside - and their way of life.

Andrea thomas has been speaking to campaigner Julie Wassmer, from East Kent Against Fracking, fellow campaigner Councillor Ian Driver, from Thanet District Council, Councillor David Brasier, from Kent County Council and local MP Charlie Elphicke.

Campaign against fracking growing

Three planning applications have been submitted to Kent County Council to allow exploratory drilling for coal and shale bed methane gas in East Kent.

The sites involved are in the villages of Sheperdswell, Guston and Tilmanstone.

The applications have prompted objections from the campaign group East Kent Against Fracking (EKAF).

Concerns have also been raised by Protect Kent, an affiliate of the charity Campaign to Protect Rural England.

Protect Kent held a meeting last night in Shepherdswell for residents of all three villages to raise concerns.


Kent Parish Council hold fracking meeting

A village in East Kent is holding a Parish Council meeting tonight to discuss the possibility of fracking.

The meeting is about the planning application in Shepherdswell from Coastal Oil and Gas Ltd to carry out exploratory drilling for shale and gas close to the village.

Over the past week, posters and leaflets opposing the application have been distributed across the village and campaign group East Kent Against Fracking have also shown their opposition.

The planning application is one of three submitted to Kent County Council by the company.

The other two sites are at Tilmanstone and Guston.

Coastal Oil and Gas Ltd have already received planning permission to drill at Woodnesborough, which is less than five miles from Shepherdswell.

13-year-old boy killed in digger crash

Police have been back at the scene of a fatal road crash which claimed the life of a 13-year-old boy.

The teenager was in a car which collided with a digger on the A2 at Shepherdswell near Dover in the early hours Friday.

A 47 year old man who was driving the car and 15 year old boy were injured. The driver of the excavator was unhurt. Officers are trying to establish what caused the crash and are appealing for witnesses.