Last Thursday I spoke on behalf of residents right across East Surrey whose lives threaten to be blighted by the Surrey Minerals Plan. The hearing was held at County Hall in Kingston having been rearranged from before Christmas due to the snow. I was glad the opportunity had finally arisen for residents groups and me to put our case forward and was grateful to the planning inspector for allowing me to put forward the residents’ message. It was great to see seven residents groups from across the constituency putting their views to the planning inspector – it shows the strength of local feeling on the issue. The groups attending the hearing were: the Oxted and Limpsfield Residents Group; Nutfield Marsh Residents Group; Nutfield Conservation Society; the Quarry Observation Group; White Hill Residents Association; Chalkpit Residents and the Godstone Village Association. Even an interruption by the fire alarm did not stop them putting their views forward powerfully ? I take my hat off to the enormous time and effort these people have put into fighting the Plan on behalf of everyone in the local area. The fact that so many turned up on a day when their particular proposed site wasn’t being discussed highlights the solidarity of opposition. I am hoping the inspector makes the right decision for East Surrey and rejects the plan.