A High Court hearing to evict a protest camp from the roadside will be heard on Monday.

West Sussex County Council is seeking a possession order for the B2036 London Road, Balcombe.

Anti-fracking activists have been protesting against energy Caudrilla which has been conducting exploratory drilling for oil and gas at the site.

The removal of people, tents, canopies, and caravans from verges is being sought.

The county council said it was seeking this order on road safety grounds and urged people to move voluntarily.

An area has been agreed with police opposite the gates to the Cuadrilla site where people can lawfully and peacefully protest.

Notice has been given to protestors of a hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice, Strand, London.

A spokeswoman for No Fracking in Balcombe Society (No FiBS) said: “The camp is considering its response.

"No FiBS reiterates its gratitude to all those who have given up their summer to come and help protect us in Balcombe from the bullies in our Government and the fossil fuel industry.”