CAGNE – Communities Against Gatwick Noise Emission
What is CAGNE?
Communities Against Gatwick Noise Emission
CAGNE seeks a fair and equitable distribution of arrivals and departures for all communities surrounding Gatwick Airport.
CAGNE seeks to ensure the complete picture of the ramifications of airspace is addressed at all times in a fair and equitable manner. We set Gatwick the challenge of our benchmark that is to be fair to all in totality, severity and lack of respite with all considerations when looking to change airspace, however marginal or extensive. CAGNE will never agree to move noise from one community over another, and stresses that full consultations with all parties must be obligatory.
The Gatwick managements continuing antics to strive for growth at any price to the local communities are unacceptable. Their plans for greater profits by using the emergency runway as an interim for growth, whilst adding new routes through PRNAV procedures, gives total disregard for the ever increasing noise complaints and lack of surface access to service tens of millions of people that try to access this airport – a second runway by stealth is unacceptable!
CAGNE was formed on the 17th February 2014 due to the ADNID trial departure route being instigated by Gatwick Airport for a PRNAV route (concentrated flight path) over rural areas not previously flown over.
CAGNE has grown and diversified since then to embrace the many issues that Gatwick presents through their desire for growth including new flight paths, changes to flight paths, increases in noise, and a major campaign force opposing the second runway.
CAGNE was at the forefront in opposing the expansion of Gatwick Airport with a second runway for sound reasons and will object strongly to the emergency runway being used as an interim measure.
CAGNE has an extensive network of members covering areas to the east, west, north and south of the airport concerned with totality of aircraft noise produced by arrivals and departures, environmental issues, airspace and surface access for Sussex and Surrey and beyond.
The CAGNE committee consists of residents to the east and west of the airport coming from many professional backgrounds including aviation.
An Annual General Meeting open to the public takes place each year in February where the chair and committee are elected.
CAGNE sends out informative newsletters to members, consult our members to formalise responses, and is active on social media – Facebook, twitter and instagram.
CAGNE also operates an independent forum (www.cagnepcforum.org.uk) to engage and consult with town and parish councils called the CAGNE Aviation
Town and Parish Council Forum.
CAGNE is not just concerned with Gatwick Airport, but all airspace and gets involved in other airports in the UK and overseas; the environmental damage aviation has on climate change and air quality worldwide.
We work closely with CPRE Sussex and Surrey and other CPRE offices as well as other bodies such as Airport Watch, Aviation Environment Federation, Members of Parliament, and other aviation community groups in the UK and overseas. CAGNE attends GATCOM (Gatwick Airport Consultative Committee) meetings.
If you have a problem with airspace or a question relating to airspace or ramifications of airports, please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org and we will try and help.
Add make a noise complaint to Gatwick Airport – this is important as this is how the authorities judge who is affected by Gatwick aircraft noise:
Would you be happy to accept a new flight path over your home to allow aviation to grow? Campaign to Protect Rural England are running a national survey until 1 st June that asks this and other questions about aircraft noise. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/cpreaviation CPRE produced this ‘Flight Blight’ document earlier in the year http://www.cpresussex.org.uk/campaigns/gatwick/item/3069-flight-blight-the-environmental-and-social-costs-of-aviation-expansion Department for Transport (DfT) ‘Decarbonising Transport’ focuses on allowing aviation to grow. CAGNE response is that decarbonising is a good idea in theory but not if the government are committed to allow uncontrolled growth of aviation as it is out of balance with other industries and climate [...]
Stop Gatwick Expansion CAGNE continues to work hard in preparation for when Gatwick Airport returns to normal operations with 285,000 flights a year and a master plan for growth. At present, Gatwick has stopped its ‘behind closed doors’ meetings with your local authorities and rail and road agencies concerning plans to rebuild the emergency runway as a second runway. CAGNE appointed Leigh Day Solicitors back in October 2018 when the Gatwick master plan for a 3-runway airport was launched. Leigh Day Solicitors’ recent success was the high court ruling over the Heathrow expansion. The Heathrow ruling doesn’t just deliver a [...]
The court decision concerning Heathrow expansion is to be challenged by the backers of Heathrow. The Airport Commission found unanimously in favour of Heathrow expansion for many reasons including the lack of work force, poor infrastructure and not the economic answer for our country to prosper – nothing has changed. Gatwick expansion with 3 runways would have the same impact on climate change as Heathrow expansion so not meet the Paris agreement. With 2runways it would release nearly 1 million tonnes of extra carbon every year. This month CAGNE meets with legal team and barrister to discuss Gatwick’s current plans [...]
The Government’s Head Commissioner invites Sussex, Surrey and Kent residents to a talk about Gatwick Airport aircraft noise
Aircraft noise is a problem for millions of communities up and down the country, as well as overseas. No matter how many airlines tell you that planes are far quieter than they were, the government department itself has found that intolerance towards aircraft noise has grown. As a result of investigation by the Airports Commission into airport expansion, a new independent government body was formed, called ICCAN (Independent Commission on Civil Aviation Noise); this is a body created to act as an independent, impartial voice on civil aviation noise and how it affects communities. It has taken time for ICCAN [...]
Please write to the Secretary of State for Transport or your Members of Parliament and state that the growth proposed by Gatwick Airport from the main runway is part of a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) under the Planning Act 2008 examination. Download suggested letter here Call In Standard letter The planned main runway growth will add approximately 55,000 extra flights a year - 340,000 aircraft movements by 2033 with 61m passengers putting yet more pressure on inadequate infrastructure is such that it constitutes a NSIP examination. The Secretary of State for Transport is the official that has the power to [...]
What do you think of Gatwick Airport expansion plans? We want to know your views - please take part in a 5 minute survey https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/R9N2WTV
"This is simply a second runway by stealth," says CAGNE in response to the Gatwick Airport announcement on the 18th July that they intend to use the emergency runway on a regular basis which will create a 36% increase in aircraft movements and put around 70m passengers and workers on the M23 and single railway track. "To use the emergency runway alongside the main runway is in effect a second runway as it will have to be moved by some 12 metres to allow it to be used. As such it is a stealth second runway without the full parliamentary [...]
On, Wednesday 26th June, an environmental campaign was launched by CAGNE and we ask for your support. 'Pledge to Fly Less ' hopes to raise awareness of what flying is doing to our planet as planes burns fossil fuel. How aviation is heavily subsidised as it avoids paying VAT and duty on fuel, whilst less than half of the UK population actually fly! If you fly 4 times a year, THINK before you fly again....... Can I reduce the number of times I fly this year? Is there a climate smart form of transport I could take instead? Will it [...]
CAGNE final response to the Government's Aviation Green Paper consultation - deadline 20th June. Click the link below to download our response: CAGNE Government Aviation Green Paper
This the CAGNE response to the CAP 1616 consultation on Route 4 stage 2 - it is extremely unfair that Gatwick have chosen to only consult those under Route 4 leaving those under other westerly routes vulnerable to noise being moved as suggested in the Gatwick stage 2 paper. Stage 3 - the public consultation is expected this July. Click the link below to download our response: CAGNE Route 4 Design Principles Review Responses Issue 1 Final
The Government's Aviation Green Paper consultation - deadline 20th June. CAGNE provide a draft response to assist you to respond. CAGNE Government Aviation Green Paper
Independent Commission on Civil Aviation Noise to be set up by The Department of Transport. Launch presentation below: ICCAN
As an aviation umbrella group for Sussex and Surrey, the CAGNE committee met with the commissions of ICCAN, Independent Commission on Civil Aviation Noise, last week to discuss the aircraft noise issues created by Gatwick Airport. “The meeting gave us a unique opportunity to discuss the many noise issues that Gatwick creates for vulnerable communities of Sussex and Surrey, both urban and rural,” said CAGNE. “We have hopes that ICCAN will be eventually be given statutory powers by government to hold airports and airlines to task over unacceptable levels of aircraft noise that affect residents wellbeing, health and property values.”
The CAGNE response to the Government Aviation Green Paper Deadline 11th April 201 CAGNE response Government Green paper aviaiton 11.4.19
After a much-needed Easter boost for the UK economy, community group, CAGNE asks residents to help with the prosperity of our coastal regions whilst helping to reduce climate change by holidaying here in England. Leisure travel overseas hits our coastal areas twice by flying: • Coastal erosion due to climate change • Low cost package holidays that our coastal and rural regions cannot compete against Aviation and Gatwick Airport is the ‘big elephant’ in the room when it comes to carbon emissions with Gatwick alone flying over 285,000 aircraft movements and burning fossil fuel, every year. Overflight also increases the disturbance over [...]
Ever since Gatwick Airport removed the noise complaint phone line CAGNE has lobbied to ensure it was replaced and have had some support from local councillors. CAGNE are delighted that from the 1st April Gatwick Airport are returning the noise complaint phone line of 01293 311568. “The CAGNE committee felt strongly that the removal of the phone line was an act of discrimination against those that do not have access to the Internet, those that are elderly or blind as Gatwick Airport management expected them to write a letter and walk to a post box every time they wished to [...]
WSCC asked to recognise a Climate Emergency for our county and the planet CAGNE has written to West Sussex County Council councillors as it joins the call for climate change to be taken seriously to the ramifications of every day life, the pressures we place on our planet to be addressed by local elected authorities. Decisions made by local authorities are having serious ramifications for future generations and aviation, Gatwick Airport, is the big elephant in the room when it comes to climate change. Nationwide, 30 councils have declared a Climate Emergency - most recently Portsmouth, Haringey and Plymouth, and now it [...]
“Gatwick Airport is playing roulette with peoples lives with their airspace plans for growth,” says CAGNE. Stakeholders, elected members, are being asked to play god with peoples lives to who gets targeted aircraft noise and who will be newly overflown at low heights, under 7,000ft. Gatwick Airport management start Stage 1 of the Civil Aviation Authority CAP 1616* airspace change process to modernise airspace above families of Sussex, Surrey and Kent with additional flight paths to grow Gatwick’s capacity. https://airspacechange.caa.co.uk/PublicProposalArea?pID=54 The process is all part of Future Airspace Strategy Implementation South, supported by the government; it aims to make the [...]
Gatwick have only given until 5th April, less than 3 weeks, for stakeholders to consult and respond. https://airspacechange.caa.co.uk/PublicProposalArea?pID=54 This is the first stage – ‘Define’ - of the Civil Aviation Authority six stage CAP 1616 consultation process. Gatwick inform us that they are not consulting individual parish or town councils but are relying upon district and county councils, MPs, community groups and AONB organisations. The public and parish/ town council will be consulted in stage 3 of the public consultation. Airspace Modernisation CAGNE response
CAGNE need your support please – make a donation by clicking the Paypal button below– leaflets, posters, banners, adverts, noise monitoring, all cost money and we need to be ready for the next step to fight Gatwick expansion and to keep up the fight over changes in airspace above our homes.