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Gatwick groups in Downing Street

by Mike Ward on 27 March, 2015

On Monday protest groups from all around Gatwick airport came together to present their agreed  demands to the Prime Minister and I was privileged to be one of those attending. The demands include no departure routes outside the NPR and a return to the previous pattern of dispersal of flights. Longer term aims include an […]

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Gatwick noise increased? New campaign group formed

by Mike Ward on 21 October, 2014

A new campaign group, PlaneWrong, has been  formed to campaign against the changes in Gatwick departure routes to the north of the airport. People across a wide area from Capel to Beare Green and Coldharbour and then across the Holmwoods, Brockham, Betchworth & Leigh to Reigate and Redhill and beyond are being affected for the […]

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Short Trains to London skip commuter stops

by Mike Ward on 9 September, 2014

If there’s one thing worse than an over-crowded commuter train, it’s an over-crowded commuter train that skips the stop you need to get off at. This happened to commuters from Dorking this morning when the 8.01 South West Trains service was only 4 coaches and skipped several intermediate stops on its way to Waterloo. The […]

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Aircraft nuisance to continue to November

by Mike Ward on 13 August, 2014

Information from the Civil Aviation Authority reveals that the noise nuisance from aircraft flying the new flight paths is likely to continue until November. A review and final decision is due at that point. This means that it is vital to keep complaining, even after the consultation closes on 14 August, whenever we are disturbed […]

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If you live in The Holmwoods, Beare Green, Capel or parts of Brockham, Betchworth & Leigh, you will have been only too aware of the increase in flights and noise overhead since the start of the year. For many of us, we have gone from having occasional flights, but not enough to be much of […]

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Inclusion of Gatwick 2nd Runway option criticised

by Mike Ward on 23 December, 2013

The decision to include a 2nd runway at Gatwick as one of 3 options to be further studied by the Davies Commission has been roundly criticised. Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign (GACC) said, “A new runway used to full capacity would cause substantial environmental damage to all the towns and villages for many miles around Gatwick.[i]  […]

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Pebble Hill safety measures

by Mike Ward on 21 December, 2013

A year ago residents submitted a petition calling for the speed limit on Pebble Hill to be reduced to 30mph because of road safety concerns. Unfortunately the request was turned down as the police did not support it because of the results of their speed test. However, some signing and road markings were agreed. A […]

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Lib Dems call for school transport improvements

by Mike Ward on 11 December, 2013

Surrey County Council has announced a review of school transport, but from the start has said: ‘Surrey County Council is not proposing any changes to its home to school transport policy for 2015’. If this sounds crazy to you, then you can tell them what you think by going to the consultation. My colleague, Stephen […]

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Surrey County Council has now decided that the limit in the village will be reduced to 30 mph. Also, along the A217 from the Longbridge roundabout to the Hookwood roundabout and up to the Mill Lane junction the limit will go down to 40 mph. These changes are expected to be implemented by March next […]

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Gatwick consults on new flight paths

by Mike Ward on 22 October, 2013

Gatwick airport is consulting on  plans to change the flight paths of aircraft taking off from or arriving at the airport but they have given no details of where the new flight paths are proposed to be. This means the issue potentially affects everyone living in Dorking and villages to the south and east. They […]

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