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Green Belt ‘not negotiable’

It was standing-room only at a public meeting in Dorking on Friday evening (25 Oct) organised by the local branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE). The title for the meeting was “The Green Belt: Negotiable or not?” and the answer to that question from the overwhelming majority of those taking part in the debate was a resounding “No”! In his keynote speech, CPRE chief executive Shaun Spiers said that development pressures in Surrey are now so big that what Surrey needs is “sheer bloody-minded defence” of the Green Belt. “Once it is gone, it is gone forever.”

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Threats to Surrey countryside are highlighted at campaign meeting

Surrey’s countryside is under threat from new waves of housebuilding, airport expansion and mineral extraction – despite the Government’s assurances about safeguarding the Green Belt. This was the message for members of CPRE Surrey at their annual meeting on 27 April held at the Abraham Dixon Hall in Leatherhead. Speakers at the meeting highlighted the dangers to the Surrey countryside from growing development pressures and from the Government’s policy of promoting economic growth even at the expense of the environment. Members from all over the county attended the meeting...
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More flights of fancy – noise from planes approaching Gatwick

More flights of fancy – noise from planes approaching Gatwick
The perennial problem of aircraft noise has been highlighted by people in Surrey/Kent who live under the westerly flight path approach to Gatwick Airport expansion is always a contentious issue, and here in Surrey we are faced with the appalling prospect of a third runway at Heathrow leading to yet more aircraft over-flying our county. BAA, which currently owns and manages both Heathrow and Gatwick, recently cited a low-emission “green jumbo” to help clinch its environmental case for a third runway – but its argument was shattered when it was discovered that neither Airbus nor Boeing, the world’s...
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