Crawley Borough Council has voted to oppose the building of a second runway at Gatwick Airport.
Every councillor, except Liam Marshall-Ascough (Con, Southgate), was present to debate the issue at an Extraordinary Meeting of the Full Council this evening (Monday January 26).
And each was free to vote how they saw fit rather than according to party lines.
After more than two hours in front of a packed public gallery, during which arguments for and against expansion were aired, a recorded vote was taken.
The council agreed by 25 votes to 11 to register their objection to the building of a second runway at Gatwick in their response to the Airports Commission’s public consultation.
Five councillors – Stephen Joyce, Colin Moffatt, Chris Oxlade, Peter Smith and council leader Peter Lamb – felt the council should have agreed to take no specific view on the second runway at this time.
All five then voted not to object to expansion.
The consultation is due to end on Tuesday February 3. Log on to the Gov.uk website to find out how to take part.
The Airports Commission will make its recommendation to the government in July – but the final decision will rest with the government.
Updates to follow.