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Public consultations on Heathrow's third runway begin

Public consultation for the third runway begin today Credit: PA

Campaigners will gather outside the first of twenty public consultation events over a third runway at Heathrow later today.

The Government say they will allow communities to get information and express their views on the £17 billion scheme.

The first is being held near the airport with others in Bracknell, Reading, Maidenhead, Windsor and Buckinghamshire soon to follow.

There will also be events further away including Brighton for the wider South East.

People have until May to express their views.

The Government says it backs the third runway because of the economic benefits. Local people say it will lead to more noise.

A final decision is expected early next year.

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