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Gatwick Airport plans could affect Edenbridge residents

Car Hire Gatwick Airport are urging the residents to make sure they have their say in the latest open viewing of the plans being held.

The Gatwick Airport runway expansion plans will be giving the residents of Edenbridge a chance to share their views on Friday 2nd May at the Eden Centre, in Four Elms Road, between 4pm-7.30pm. It would mean that nearly twice the current amount of planes taking off and landing each hour.

Stewart Wingate, CEO of London Gatwick, said “We are keen to encourage as many local people as possible to respond to our consultation as this feedback will have a key role in helping us refine our proposals.”

One heritage attraction is worried by the plans as it supports 280 jobs in the main season, Duncan Leslie, chief executive of Hever Castle, said “the second runway could spell the end for the former home of Anne Boleyn and is concerned for its viability with the noise and pollution it would bring. When people come they expect peace and tranquillity.”

Edenbridge town councillor Vernon King said, “We reflect the genuine concern of rural communities in the area as it will also result in more daytime and night-time disturbance. The Government’s aviation framework targets rural communities for the increase in overhead flights as there are fewer people in these areas. Gatwick has plans to increase usage with its existing runway which will cause much more noise disturbance – 70 per cent of landings come over us already.”