Gatwick Noise Management
25th September 2019 – Crawley Observer
Letter Page – Communities Against Gatwick Noise and Emissions
Airport reports ignore issues
Gatwick Airport’s scoping reports ignore the current issues faced by its unhappy neighbours who suffer aircraft noise day and night affecting their wellbeing and house value, says CAGNE, umbrella community and environmental group opposing Gatwick Airport’s plans to use the emergency’ runway as a second runway.
Simply put, it is more planes which mean more frequent noise and the scoping reports before local authorities currently do nothing to offer a reduction in noise for the communities of Sussex, Surrey and Kent.
In fact it offers them an increase of 90,000 extra planes on top of the 280,000 that they suffer annually today.
Gatwick seeks to manipulate the planning process to avoid the costly route of new runway application by seeking to ‘make best use of current facilities’ through a Development Consent Order that avoids public scrutiny until 2020.
Local authorities are making decisions behind closed doors now, and have been party to meetings with Gatwick Airport since April according to the scoping reports.
Elected members will be making decisions about residents’ futures and that of your children and grandchildren who will face the consequence of global warming, as aviation is one of the biggest threats our planet faces today and must be capped.
Gatwick desires to increase flight movements on the main runway and use the emergency runway for regular flights, taking them from 55 to 75 aircraft movements per hour.
That’s going from an annual aircraft movement of over 285,000 a year to 390,000 by 2032; (figures taken from the Gatwick Master Plan) Gatwick using the averaging of noise to counter concerns but people do not hear noise as an average but as a noisy frequent event.
We encourage residents to write now to their local authorities and members of parliament before October 1st, make their opinion known that they wish to Stop Gatwick Expansion plans as they are simply not sustainable and not good news for communities or the planet.”
CAGNE is holding Stop Gatwick Expansion roadshows and pop-up events throughout October and November in Sussex, Surrey and Kent and invite people to join their mailing list, come along, help distribute leaflets to neighbours, raise awareness with communities of what is proposed by Gatwick Airport.
Communities Against Gatwick Noise and Emissions