Gatwick 2 would create a “noise ghetto from hell” for Tory heartlands with expansion
- Gatwick’s local communities side-lined as airport fails to develop strategy to deal with aircraft noise with expansion
- Gatwick’s expansion plan will double the number of people impacted by night flights and create 24-hour “noise ghetto from hell”
- Government decision to approve Gatwick expansion would act against all local councils and conservative MPs who stridently oppose Gatwick expansion plans
New research released today by CAGNE – Communities Against Gatwick Noise Emissions – has revealed that Gatwick’s expansion proposals violates Government policy on airport noise by failing to incorporate measures, which would reduce noise.
The shocking revelation comes as the Government prepares to make a final decision on airport expansion in the South East in September.
The Government’s aviation policy framework requires that airports that expand to implement strategies to mitigate noise impacts on local communities. The new research shows that Gatwick’s expansion proposal ignores this requirement and seeks to create a noise ghetto from hell for local communities in a 30 mile radius by:
- Operating mixed-mode runways which offer no respite for overflown communities
- Operating with no night flight ban, doubling number of people exposed to night noise with noise during every hour of the night
- Operating without steeper approaches or displaced landing thresholds (to reduce noise not to increase runway capacity as used at present by Gatwick) which are easy to implement and have reduced noise at other airports
Gatwick’s lack of a noise mitigation strategy is in total contrast to the proposals submitted by Heathrow that detail a comprehensive plan to minimise aircraft noise for local communities by banning night flights, guaranteeing respite through runway alternation and working to change aircraft operating procedures. If this can be done at one of the world’s busiest airports, Gatwick’s local communities are left wondering why these changes did not factor in the airport’s own expansion plans.
CAGNE Committee said:
“No community in the UK is subject to constant aircraft noise but that’s exactly what Gatwick are proposing with their expansion plans which offer no noise respite for overflown communities and would create a 24-hour noise ghetto from hell by operating flights every hour of the night.
“I would remind the Prime Minister Theresa May that not a single local council or local MP – all of whom are members of her slim Conservative majority – supports Gatwick expansion. If her Government is serious about making big corporations behave responsibly, they must be decisive and kick Gatwick’s ludicrous back-of-an-envelope proposal into the long grass.”
To name a few areas to be hit by Gatwick 2 flight paths:
What is CAGNE - Communities Against Gatwick Noise Emission?
CAGNE is a group that represents (or 'acts for') communities east and west of Gatwick airport that are, or might be, negatively affected by aircraft noise and would be impacted by the negative social, economic and environmental impact on the area of a possible Second Runway. Established in 2014, CAGNE shares flight path and airspace change information with all affected groups, and has a proven track record of challenging Gatwick’s intended detrimental actions and achieving positive outcomes. The CAGNE team is knowledgeable about aviation, the highly complex issues surrounding airspace and flight paths, and aircraft noise. It has unmatched contacts. CAGNE is supported by 14 Parish Councils, and has Parish Councillors, pilots and those familiar with the aviation industry on its committee. CAGNE works for fair and equitable distribution of arrivals and departures for all affected communities, east and west of the runway, in West Sussex and Surrey.
- CAGNE works for fair and equitable distribution of arrivals and departures for all affected communities, east and west of the runway, in West Sussex and Surrey.
- We recognise that there must be aircraft and associated noise, but it must be shared equally without ignoring impact on others.
- We have no vested interests in any individual community. We welcome all and work for all.
- Rural communities must be dealt with as fairly as urban communities are. Rural areas need different treatments because they have different circumstances ie lack of ambient noise.
- We are adamantly against the Second Runway not just for noise, but for permanently damaging social, economic and environmental reasons.
- Based on past record, we cannot trust Gatwick to be fair and equitable, that’s why we have to fight for affected communities and those to be subjected to new noise.
- Airspace is very complex and Gatwick has lamentable communication.
- Gatwick has a track record of poor transparency and obfuscation;
- LAMP 2014
- DNID 2014 and then having ADNID on European SESAR list for funding and as a permanent route
- LAM 26 concentration
- Vectoring in a multitude of concentrated routes after 4,000ft
- Night Flights – lack of charges or controls
To ensure that communities, east and west, are fairly and properly represented on Gatwick’s Noise Management Board which will deal with arrivals and departures, only the modernisation of the future of airspace and not the past.
CAGNE strives to ensure that every possible effort is made by Gatwick, Government and the aviation industry to minimise aircraft noise and its impact on local communities.
CAGNE strives to achieve fact-based, fair and reasonable distribution of aircraft, thus fair and reasonably shared noise not moving noise from one community to another.
CAGNE has a track record of getting it right; breaking down jargon filled consultations and helping perish councils and residents to fight to save tranquillity. CAGNE strives to acquire knowledge of plans for flight paths and other proposed changes by Gatwick and other aviation players that might negatively impact communities in advance of implementation, and then effect positive change for all.
CAGNE will inform residents and share information on new flight paths in and out of Gatwick Airport, and other matters of concern.
SECOND GATWICK AIRPORT:
CAGNE vehemently opposes a second runway at Gatwick Airport, effectively a second airport making Gatwick the size of Heathrow. The area is totally inappropriate socially, economically and environmentally. Some key facts are:
- Gatwick will increase aircraft movements from some 270,000 to 560,000 per year – that is one every 65 seconds.
- They will fly virtually 24 hours a day.
- Gatwick will be larger than Heathrow.
- It will need 62,000 new staff, mostly low paid. But Sussex and Surrey have virtually no unemployment. So they will be imported workers.
- How will they commute? We have the worst railway line in the UK that cannot be expanded.
- How will they drive? We only have one motorways – M23. It is among the most congested in the UK now and cannot be expanded.
- Railway, one of the worst in the country, will have 90,000 added daily by Gatwick 2
- There will be an estimated extra 100,000 vehicles a day plus 1000% freight and vans
- If the workers want to live here, where will they live? We have a housing shortage now?
- Where will their children go to school? We have a shortage of places now.
- Which doctor, dentist, and hospital will they go to? They are all inadequate now.
- The road and railway will be shared by an additional 24000, 000 passengers a year.
- And, who will pay for any attempts to improve the infrastructure because Gatwick’s budget has nothing. It’ll be you and me.
Specific issues we address
- Second runway.
- Growth of night flights instead of charging more for night movements or a total ban on night flights
- Performance Based Navigation – (flying by sat-nav in narrow concentrated lines on arrivals) demand that this be designed to benefit residents and not airlines and Gatwick Airport.
- Fight to stop removal of Noise Preferential Routes (NPRs).
- Oppose single merge points of all flights with all arrivals systems and the introduction of super highways
- Demand that ‘residents come first’ over noise impact on quality of life.
- Demand full compensation (ie house value and inconvenience costs) for those affected by low flying aircraft noise, 2 miles either side of the flight path route in a 20 mile radius.
- Demand that noisy aircraft e.g A320s, be adapted to reduce noise faster.
- Raise awareness of the health implications and oppose increases in emissions from an expanded Gatwick Airport.
- Raise residents' awareness of Gatwick’s plans to destroy our rural areas of West Sussex, Surrey and beyond.
- CAGNE meets regularly and welcomes all to attend public meetings. We are privately funded and appeal for contributions of money and time, how ever small or large. Our committee consists of local representatives who include aviation experts and those knowledgeable on law and aviation.
JOIN THE EFFORT:
WE NEED LOTS OF PEOPLE TO DO LOTS OF THINGS, LARGE OR SMALL. EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS.
To join the CAGNE effort, simply email CAGNE with your name, postal address and contact number join the mailing list.
To join the CAGNE mailing list complete the short form in the right hand column.
What has happened to our airspace?
In May 2014 Gatwick introduced PRNAV/ PBN (sat nav for planes) to all departure routes, which resulted in concentrated flight paths instead of dispersal of routes as previously known by residents on the ground.
The Government policy is ‘to reduce the number of people significantly affected by noise’ which seems a good idea on paper but in reality it has resulted in people being targeted by a constant stream of planes bringing misery to thousands.
This is all part of FAS (Future Airspace Strategy), which is a European led exercise to have all planes operating on the same system.
CAGNE have challenged the "concentration", as it is unacceptable and implemented without any research into what effect concentrated routes have on resident’s quality of life.
NATS (designers of UK airspace and controllers of UK air traffic control) only have to consider noise of departures up to 4,000ft; then noise/ CO2 up to 7,000ft; and then after 7,000ft CO2 only. No consideration is given to rural areas and the lack of background noise and aircraft can be vectored in a concentrated manner at 4,000ft.
Residents use to be tolerant of aircraft noise but not any more.
Arrivals will have PBN (Performance Based Navigation) instigated shortly but in the mean time NATS (designers of airspace and controllers of air traffic control) have narrowed and concentrated the routes into Gatwick.
As soon as planes enter UK airspace NATS are lowering and reducing speed so that they are stablised for arrival enabling Gatwick to schedule in more movements in and out of Gatwick for greater profits. Aircraft are being vectored (turned) in a concentrated manner with increase frequency and concentration. This is all done with no consultation with residents, as NATS do not have to consider residents only safety, save CO2 and efficiency for airlines and airport.
NATS is over half owned by the airlines and made £200m profit in 2015.
NATS plans to introduce point merge and move holding stacks out to sea – 2018/2020. Removing holding stacks potentially frees up more airspace for NATS to use. Holding stacks current lowest height is 7,000ft but there are no guarantees that planes will not fly lower as this becomes free airspace.
Point Merge, we believe, will be consulted on towards the end of the year and could led to superhighways over people’s homes. Point Merge will not be used at Heathrow, as it is too busy.
CAGNE are calling for a change in Government policy and a return to dispersal on departures and arrivals without affecting new people.
CAGNE will be meetings with the CEO of NATS, Gatwick and ministers of the Department for Transport to ensure residents are given the same consideration as airlines and airports profits. We are also asking for compensation as there is non at present for changes in flight paths, and that the Government policy be changed as ‘one flight design does not fit all’.
Airports Commission Air Quality Consultation
The Airport Commission consultation has now closed and thank you to all that participated in what could be one of the most important consultations of this area.
The campaign does not stop; the Airports Commission is due to report after the next elections but you can ask your parliamentary candidate their views before you vote in May. Some councillors will also be up for election so do ensure you know where they stand on a second runway at Gatwick as not all are following national policy!
CAGNE aim to represent the residents of West Sussex and share details relating to Gatwick Airport.
We aim to connect with residents and official bodies such as Gatwick, Civil Aviation Authority, Department for Transport, MP’s, Councillors, and environmental groups, to engage in a constructive way.
We see the recent announcement by the CAA that our voices are being heard - http://www.caa.co.uk/application.aspx?catid=14&pagetype=65&appid=7&mode=detail&nid=2424
We do not oppose aviation or Gatwick, but we do oppose a second runway at Gatwick and new flight paths out of Gatwick.
CAGNE has achieved a lot in its first year and it is thanks to so many hard working people that we have fast become established and recognised with a wide circulation membership database.
We look to achieve a fair approach to air traffic over our county and persuade those in a position of influence that Gatwick is in the wrong place to expand with a 2nd runway and is Big Enough.
At present CAGNE is supported by Warnham, Rusper, Slinfold, Billingshurst, Kirdford, Pulborough, and Wisborough Green parish councils; supported by CPRE Sussex and has dialogue with South Downs National Park; and works with Airport Watch and Aviation Environmental Federation as well as all the campaign groups that surround Gatwick.
Residents respond to Gatwick advertising
Local residents are fed up with what they believe is Gatwicks disingenuous advertising in local and national media.
A local campaign by local residents will be run in local media.
To see the 5 Gatwick Airport 2nd Runway Guarantees click the following link:
Why Gatwick Should Not Be Allowed To Build A Second Runway
Gatwick can never be a Hub Airport and thus can never be the long-term future for this country in aviation or economic terms nor need a second runway. Click hear to read why Gatwick should not be allowed to build a second runway.
Gatwick's latest response to local residents complaints...
Gatwick are so worried about the level of complaints from local residents that they have had internal emergency meetings on how to deal with the criticism and the bad publicity being caused - we are having an effect and we must not become complacent in our opposition.
See Gatwick's latest communication to selected vocal residents by clicking this link. Please read the document as it summarises some pertinent complaints and shows Gatwick's official line of response. CAGNE will be publishing our responses and comments on this document soon.
Gatwick announce postponement of airspace changes.
Please see Gatwick announcement of yesterday below, it does not mean that the consultation is void.
We believe that Gatwick were concerned about the negative publicity and the impact it is having on the second runway being secured.
We will now watch to see how GATCOM, the consultative committee made up of Gatwick employees and supports as well as one member of GACC and councillors, to see what they try to implement.
All those that protested and completed the consultation - your voice has made a difference.
Noise Complaint Android App
If you have an Android phone (Sorry not available for iphone or windows mobile phones yet) you can download and install the Noise Complaint email app from here. The App enables you to quickly and easily send an email from your phone complaining about a specific plane noise.
Simply install the Noise Complaint app, complete your name and address details and press the "Submit Complaint". The App will use the current date and time (which can be amended if required) to send an email complaining about a specific plane noise to:
(and also copy it to CAGNE)
The email will be created in your email App on the phone so the text can be amended if you wish, or additional email addresses added. When you are happy with the email click the send button in your email programme on your phone.
Click here for instructions on how to install the App on your Android phone only.
Note this will NOT work on iPhones or Windows Mobile phones. We are working on an iOS version so please check back.
If you have any problems with, suggestions for, or questions on the App please send an email to email@example.com
It is important we make Gatwick Airport clear that we are against developments that will destroy the communities in which we live...
CAGNE is a forum for concerned residents to exchange information concerning Gatwick Airports expansion, new flight paths and bid for second runway
CAGNE is free to join and has members from Warnham, Rusper, Kingsfold, Rowhook, Broadbridge Heath, Slinfold Parishes plus areas of North Horsham.
To join CAGNE simply email CAGNE with your name, postal address and contact number to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or complete our short form at the top of this page.