Venue changed for Horley public meeting on Gatwick second runway proposals

First published in News

Horley Town Council has announced that it has changed the venue for this month's open public meeting on the proposals for a second runway at Gatwick Airport.

The town council has set the public meeting, entitled “Do You Want a Second Runway at Gatwick?” - the first such meeting to be organised by the council for some six years and its first on the second runway proposals – for Friday, July 18, at 7.30pm.

It will take place at Oakwood School in Balcombe Road, Horley – and not St Wilfrid's Church hall, as was previously stated.

For many, the second runway proposals are the major single issue facing the town and area today.

Three speakers will make time-limited presentations on the runway debate issues, including noise, air pollution and infrastructure.

The speakers, Alastair McDermid, the Airports Commission director for Gatwick, Peter Barclay of the Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign, and Peter Roe of the Gatwick Diamond Business forum, were invited because they have already given briefings to the town council over the last winter. Following the presentations, the meeting will split into smaller groups, headed by facilitators, to look at more specific areas and focus on residents' concerns.

Afterwards, the various groups' discussions will be looked at, before residents will get the chance to put questions to the meeting.

There will not be a resolution put, or a vote, at the meeting.

Town councillor Mike George, chairman of the council's second runway sub-committee and the main organiser of the event, said he hoped the turn-out would make it the biggest open public meeting in the council's history.

For more details call the town council on 01293 784765, or email: town.clerk@zen.co.uk

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