CAGNE has written to Gatwick today to show unhappiness that the consultation events for the Gatwick Master Plan* are being held in peripheral areas that are not constantly, if at all, affected by aircraft noise.
Gatwick launched its 5/15-year master plan last week (18th October) in it detailing the usage of the emergency runway and safeguarding the land for a second runway, providing details of a three-runway airport.
“These are the very communities that need to participate as they will be the ones that will take the full brunt of Gatwick’s increase in noise and may be totally unaware of what is being proposed by the airport.
It is simply not acceptable for Gatwick to think they can get away with holding events in Brighton and Croydon so that they can manipulate the responses to their loaded questionnaire whilst avoiding holding events in affected areas as Reigate, Redhill, Dorking, Alfold, Lingfield and Copthorne.
If we thought the whole proposal of using the emergency runway was underhand, Gatwick would seem to be going out of their way to ignore the communities that suffer the severity of Gatwick aircraft noise now 24/7 with no respite. These communities will find themselves facing over 80,000 extra flights a year if Gatwick are successful at manipulating the responses, the local authorities who they have already presented their plans to in Crawley.
CAGNE demand that every parish that is impacted to the west, east, north and south have an event and that every member of these areas be written to by Gatwick with a copy of the master plan so not to discriminate against the elderly or those without the internet.”
The consultation runs for 12 weeks and finishes at 5pm on 10th January 2019.
Saturday 3 November – 15:30-19:30
The Barn, Causeway, Horsham, RH12 1HE
Thursday 8 November – 15:30-19:30
Centrale Shopping Centre, Croydon, CR0 1TY
Saturday 10 November – 11:00-17:00
Royal Victoria Place Shopping Centre, Tunbridge Wells, TN1 2SS
Monday 12 November – 15:30-19:30
Churchill Square Shopping Centre, Western Road, Brighton, BN1 2RG
Saturday 17 November – 11:00-1700
County Mall Shopping Centre, Crawley, RH10 1FG
*Master plan details –