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Gatwick expansion: Tunbridge Wells Borough Council oppose plans

Civic leaders in Tunbridge Wells have formally declared their opposition to a new runway at Gatwick Airport.

A public debate at Tunbridge Wells Borough Council on Wednesday discussed expansion at the airport.

The motion against was carried with 40 votes in favour, one abstention and one against.

Gatwick Airport has previously said its expansion would be funded "without a penny of public money" and create 120,000 jobs.

The Airports Commission will decide whether a new runway will be built at Gatwick or Heathrow later in the year, after the General Election.

Council leader David Jukes said: "This is democracy in action - you don't often see a lot of people attending a boring council meeting."

Managers from Gatwick Airport were invited to attend the meeting but declined, he added.

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