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Surrey demands meeting over refusal to hold Heathrow expansion events in two boroughs

Surrey County Council is demanding a meeting to discuss the government’s refusal to hold Heathrow expansion events in two boroughs that could be affected by aircraft noise from a planned third runway.

Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning Mike Goodman had called for public consultation events to be held in Elmbridge and Surrey Heath alongside those in Runnymede and Spelthorne.

But Sir Jeremy Sullivan, the independent adviser on the Heathrow expansion consultation process, has rejected the move to add the two boroughs to a schedule of 20 public events in areas near the airport.

Now Mr Goodman is calling for an explanation about why his “perfectly simple and straightforward” request has been turned down.

In a letter to Sir Jeremy, he said: “I have to say that I simply do not understand why there is such resistance to the perfectly simple and straightforward step of holding two additional meetings. This would provide the Government with an opportunity to explain its position directly to residents and respond to their concerns.

“Given the importance of this issue for Surrey I would welcome an opportunity to discuss this further with you and I am asking my office to contact yours to arrange a time at your earliest convenience.”

The full letter can be found using this link.

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