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Runway's fate to be decided at meeting

SOLIHULL councillors will decide the fate of Birmingham Airport's proposed extended runway next month.

SOLIHULL councillors will decide the fate of Birmingham Airport's proposed extended runway next month.

The controversial plans for the extension of the runway will be considered on December 15 when arguments for the £130 million scheme will be heard.

Politicians and business leaders in the West Midlands are supporting the 400-metre extension that will allow BIA to offer direct flights to China, India and the West coast of America.

The environmental group Friends of the Earth is against the proposed plans for the runway on the basis that more noise and carbon emissions will cause further problems for residents near the airport.

Spokesman Chris Crean said: "A thorough review of the UK's aviation strategy is required especially in light of the forthcoming Climate Change Act.

"All airport expansion should be put on hold until this has taken place.

"If this does not happen then there will be a distinct possibility that Birmingham International Airport could become a de facto London Airport."

The Government will come to a decision after Solihull's planning committee and councillors voice their concerns at the meeting next month.

A public enquiry will possibly delay the completion of the runway for at least six years, but the Government will have the final say.

 

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