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Council calls for Surrey Heath and Elmbridge residents to have say on Heathrow expansion plans

Surrey County Council is challenging the government’s refusal to hold Heathrow expansion meetings in two boroughs which could be affected by aircraft noise from a proposed third runway.

Public consultation events have been held in the Surrey boroughs of Runnymede and Spelthorne but no meetings are planned for Surrey Heath and Elmbridge even though the two areas have been affected by changes to flight paths around the airport and flight path trials.

Mike Goodman, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning, has written to Sir Jeremy Sullivan, the independent adviser on the Heathrow expansion consultation process, challenging the government’s decision to exclude Surrey Heath and Elmbridge from its schedule of 20 public consultation sessions in areas surrounding the airport.

Mr Goodman said: “Residents in Surrey Heath and Elmbridge must be given a proper opportunity to make their views known on proposals for a third runway at Heathrow and it seems utterly perverse to deny these areas public events.

“There is already concern in the two boroughs about levels of aircraft noise and no one yet knows the exact impact of expanding Heathrow which is why we’re urging the Government to make sure the consultation on this momentous decision is full and fair to everyone who could be affected.”

Mr Goodman’s letter to Sir Jeremy can be found here and an earlier exchange of letters between Mike Goodman and Lord Ahmad, the Aviation Minister, can be found here and here.

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