“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 skies more efficient to allow unsustainably growth of aviation.
The design principles are to allow Gatwick Airport to grow, as well as decide who is targeted with concentrated flight paths and to fly over homes that have not been previously impacted by departing aircraft noise to afford some respite and allow growth. The design priniciples propose to target concentrated motorways of aircraft noise without a public say until stage 3 of the consultation process.
Stakeholders, that includes the Gatwick consultative forums, (local business organisations, the government, aviation interested parties and local elected members), will not have time to consult or even fully understand what they are responding to as the deadline set by Gatwick management is 5th April.
The consultation is worded in such a way that the only winners are to be aviation and Gatwick Airport leaving residents, rural and urban communities, major losers.
“This is fundamentally wrong that Gatwick Airport select stakeholders that are being asked to set the principles for their future airspace design that could impact residents wellbeing and house values,” says CAGNE.
“To a degree these decisions will be ‘blind’ to the ramifications for communities as stakeholders are not being provide with specific details apart from deciding whether to target rural or urban areas.”
Departure Noise Preferential Routes that have protected homes for some 40 years could be flown outside of. Noise Abatement Procedures that protect those that already suffer the severity of arrival noise could become a thing of the past as they seek to redesign arrivals using modern technology.
“This has nothing to do with the environment but has everything to do with airport profits, as any CO2 saved by new airspace technology will be disbanded by the ever increasing number of flights desired.
Surely we should be saying Gatwick’s big enough with a single runway for the sake of communities and the environment?” asks CAGNE.
CAGNE has today formally request that the CAA intervene and extend the deadline for Stage 1 of CAP 1616 in view of local elections, parish and town councils not being engaged by Gatwick Airport, and misleading details in the document.