My objections to the latest proposals for a hard runway at Redhill Aerodrome

Having made my objections clear last year that a hard runway at Redhill Aerodrome was completely inappropriate, I was dismayed to learn that Redhill Aerodrome Limited (RAL) is preparing a planning application for permission to replace the existing grass runways with one hard runway and associated infrastructure at Redhill Aerodrome. The latest proposals are just a rehashed version of what we have seen before. There is no hard evidence that the jobs they say they can deliver will materialise, no response to the detrimental effect it would have on the environment, and they have failed to acknowledge the monumental impact it would have on residents and their quality of life. Redhill Aerodrome is no doubt an asset as a local business and I hope the management can find ways to grow, but this growth must be achieved in harmony with the local environment. RAL has announced a four week public consultation exercise from Monday 21 May to Monday 18 June 2012 in anticipation of submitting planning applications in the summer. There will be a public meeting on Saturday 9th June 2012 in South Nutfield. Image: Redhill Aerodrome as seen from the Greensand Way south of Nutfield. Copyright Ian Capper, licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence