Gatwick Airport’s climate claims are hugely misleading

Cllr Jonathan Essex and Surrey Green Party submitted a response to Gatwick  Airport’s Master Plan consultation, which closed yesterday.

The Master Plan which includes a proposal to convert Gatwick’s Emergency Runway into a fully active second runway, with a possible 80,000 additional flights a year – and to safeguard land for a brand new runway to the south of the airport.

The plans are based on three highly misleading claims:

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Have your say on proposed council cuts

How do you think Surrey County Council should invest its money?

Surrey is consulting on proposed changes to some of its vital services:

  • Children’s Centres
  • Concessionary bus travel
  • Libraries and cultural services
  • Special educational needs and disability
  • Community recycling centres

If you have views on these, please share them with the Council by 4 January 2019.

You can find the consultation documents here:

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No new runway at Gatwick!

Gatwick Airport has published a Five Year Master Plan, which includes a proposal to convert its Emergency Runway into a fully active second runway, with a possible 80,000 additional flights a year.

This would increase the problems already being experienced by local communities – noise, air pollution and excessive road traffic – not to mention being a disaster for the climate. Only this month, the world’s leading climate scientists gave the starkest warning yet that we need to make a rapid transition to the post-fossil-fuel age if we are to keep global warming below 1.5C. Increasing flights makes no sense in this context.

We’ve arranged a photo call on Tuesday 20 October, with Keith Taylor MEP and the Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign (GACC), to shine a light on Gatwick’s expansion ambitions and encourage people to take part in the consultation about them.

It’s at 12.30 at Old Brighton Road, Lowfield Heath, Crawley, RH11 0PR.

If you’re free on Tuesday, please come along.

Get in touch if you’d like a lift or can offer one:

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March with us for a People’s Vote

The East Surrey Greens are joining the People’s Vote March for the future in London on Saturday 20th October. Would you like to join us?

This is an opportunity to join a friendly group of us as we say to the government that we think that there should be a People’s vote and a say on the final Brexit deal.

Whether you voted leave or remain, and whatever your political persuasion, you are welcome to join us to make the case for a People’s Vote.

We are planning to meet on Platform 2 at Redhill Station around 10.20am, tp catch the 10.41 train to Victoria, ready to assemble with the march on Park Lane from 12 noon. We will have Green flags/posters for identification.

For more information about the march, check out their website:


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Major oil drilling planned for Horley

Horse Hill Developments Ltd, the company drilling for oil near Horley, have published expansion plans which, if allowed, would make Horse Hill the UK’s second largest onshore producing site on current figures.

They want to drill five more wells – giving a total of seven (one for waste water re-injection) – and produce more than 500 tonnes of oil a day.

So far they have submitted an Environmental Impact Assessment Scoping Request, which you can read on the Horse Hill Developments Ltd website.

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Could you be a Green Councillor?

Next May we have a real chance to elect a new, and more representative, generation of councillors to Reigate & Banstead Council, including some new Green ones!

All 45 councillors will be elected or re-elected on the same day, following changes to the ward boundaries.

We are looking for people to stand as Green candidates, to campaign to be elected and then to represent their communities, champion Green values, and help scrutinise the Conservative Council’s policies and hold them to account.

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Hiroshima Day Commemorations

On 6 August 1945, an atomic bomb was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, causing massive loss of life, hideous injuries, huge destruction of buildings, and genetic damage which lasts to this day. Three days later, on 9 August, a different type of nuclear bomb was exploded over the city of Nagasaki, also killing tens of thousands of people.

Every year these atrocities are commemorated around the world, and we commit ourselves to ensure that this is never done again.

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Election news: New Green Councillor in Earlswood, Green hold in Redhill East

We’re celebrating the election of our first councillor in Earlswood & Whitebushes Ward.

Hal Brown was elected, unseating the Conservative incumbent after a close fight. Hal is a nurse at East Surrey Hospital and has a young family.

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Meet our local election candidates

We are fielding nine candidates in the local elections on 3 May. Find out who’s standing in your area here.

Please support your Green candidate! If you would like to deliver leaflets, or help on polling day, please email

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CND at 60: giant ‘peace symbol’ visits Reigate

A giant reproduction of the iconic CND logo will visit Reigate’s Priory Park on Sunday 15th April. The installation will be sited near the park’s cafe as part of a UK-wide tour to mark the 60th anniversary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.

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