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Airport expansion to be debated at public meeting

Harlow residents are to consider Government proposals to develop Stansted airport as part of a consultation being planned by Harlow Council.

The authority is to use the views of the public to form its own response to the proposals set out in the Future of Air Transport in the South East report, which could see an additional three runways built at the west Essex airport.

A public meeting is being arranged for September so councillors can listen to the views of the community.

The peoples' views will then be debated at a full council meeting on Friday, October 18.

Joint council leader Lorna Spenceley said: "There have been some important Government announcements over the past few weeks concerning the potential developments along the M11 corridor, and this is the latest of them.

"What is clear is that none of these issues can be viewed in isolation. They are clearly inter-related and the council needs to give careful thought to them before we come to a final opinion.

"It's the responsibility of members to take an informed view of the issues and a key piece of information is the views of residents.

"The meeting will be an opportunity for members to hear at first hand what their views are and will be a key part of the information we take on board. In order to give community leadership we need to listen to what people have to say."

In addition Essex County Council is commissioning its own study on Harlow and the impact such developments would have on the town.

Joint council leader Andrew Johnson added: "Harlow Council takes very seriously its role as community leader. As is normal practice, once we've arrived at a position on Stansted airport we can take it forward to the Harlow 2020 Partnership, which looks to the council for leadership on these issues. The 2020 Partnership can then feed this into the 2020 Vision."

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