At a packed meeting in the Town Hall's Council Chamber, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council overwhelmingly voted to oppose plans for a 2nd runway at Gatwick Airport. The meeting was in response to consultation by the Government on the location of an additional airport for the south east.
After hearing from experts on aviation policy issues from Kent County Council's principal Transport Planner for Strategy Joe Ratcliffe, County Councillor Matthew Balfour, Councillor Richard Streatfield Chairman of the High Weald Councils' Aviation Action Group, and Borough Councillor Julia Soyke the debate was opened up to the public, and then to discussion by Members of the Council.
At the conclusion of the meeting, the Council agreed a resolution which states:
"This Council is opposed to any further expansion of Gatwick Airport and the increased concentration of flight paths, and supports a significant reduction in the number of night flights."
The Council has been pressing for such a resolution since 2013.