Biggin Hill Airport operating hours extension approved by Bromley council
PUBLISHED: 16:30 26 November 2015 | UPDATED: 20:28 26 November 2015
A special full council meeting was attended by dozens of Bromley residents, as the matter was debated for over four hours
Plans to extend operating hours at Biggin Hill Airport were approved by Bromley council last night.
At a special full council meeting in a packed Great Hall at the Civic Centre, the matter was debated for over four hours, as councillors were at loggerheads following a question-and-answer session from members of the public.
A roll call vote on a motion put forward by Nicholas Bennett to approve the plans saw 29 councillors offer their support, 19 vote against while 10, including mayor Kim Botting, abstained.
The executive then came to a decision just after 11pm, when four councillors - Peter Morgan, Peter Fortune, Graham Arthur and leader Stephen Carr - voted in favour of the proposals, while Kate Lymer, Robert Evans and Colin Smith voted against.
The controversial decision is subject to the airport meeting a number of recommendations set out by the council following the public consultation which ran from January until March earlier this year.
Cllr Carr said before announcing the decision: “People might be cynical but we are a serious council and we have the ability to revoke any agreement, so if those at the airport do not comply, they will not get what they want.”
The meeting was attended by dozens of Bromley residents, including the airport’s managing director Will Curtis and members of the opposition campaign group, Flightpath Watch.
Mr Curtis said: “We would like to thank the Councillors that supported the decision, as well as the thousands of Bromley residents and others that have backed the airport over the past 12 months.
“Our aspiration is to create a small, successful and prosperous airport, one that generates jobs and training whilst protecting the amenity of our neighbouring residents.
“This decision is an important step in that direction - but there is still lots to do.
“Not least, we must now get on with the job of putting in place our noise mitigation measures and attracting more businesses to the airport.
“We shall continue to update the community with our progress.”