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BIRMINGHAM AIRPORT EXPANSION IN THE BALANCE

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Solihull councillors must soon decide whether to grant Birmingham airport permission to grow to almost twice its pr...
Solihull councillors must soon decide whether to grant Birmingham airport permission to grow to almost twice its present size over the next ten years, reports the Financial Times (p8). The increase in size would raise the number of passengers from 5.3m to 9.4m by 2005, and airport managers predict this increase would generate £160m for the region.

The hung council, traditionally dominated by the Conservatives, is clearly divided over the issue, with environmental concerns an important factor in the debates.

The council has been told by central government that it must make its own decision. The irony of the situation is that the airport is owned by seven local authorities - including Solihull, which has a 7% stake.
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