Gatwick Airport – GACC Information

Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign
Email received on the 26th August 2021

Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign

Dear Friends,

Gatwick announced yesterday morning that it will launch its public consultation on plans to bring its existing standby runway into routine use, alongside its main runway, on 9th September, running through to 1 December. Its press release is here.

This is the first stage in the planning process which, if approved would see Gatwick would grow from 45m passengers and 280,000 flights annually, to 76m passengers and 390,000 flights over the next 15 years, making it nearly the size of Heathrow.

As we all know, the consequences for local communities, people under flight paths and our environment would be devastating: more noise, more road and rail congestion, more CO2 emissions and other climate impacts, worse air quality and property devaluation both around the airport and under flight paths. The threat is very real and very serious. We have published our own Press Release challenging these plans and you can read it website here.

GACC (Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign) press release

25th August 2021

The proposed expansion of Gatwick, confirmed today by the airport, is unwelcome, unnecessary and, if approved, would have devastating consequences for the environment, local communities, and people living under flight paths many miles away.

The Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign (GACC), with local community groups, is relaunching its ‘Gatwick’s Big Enough’ campaign to fight these proposals.

The plan to grow the airport’s capacity by between 40% and over 60% over the next fifteen years involves use of new technology on the main runway and re-aligning and widening the existing emergency (or standby) runway to form a second runway.

Despite claiming that it is no longer pursuing an additional full runway Gatwick also wishes to continue to blight residents living to the south of the airport with its demand to safeguard land from any other development.

The use of the emergency runway in conjunction with the main runway would mean more noise, more CO2 emissions and other climate impacts, more congestion on local infrastructure and poorer air quality. There would be serious health impacts for local communities and those under flight paths and severe effects on a local infrastructure already overburdened as a result of past growth.

If it gets its way, Gatwick would be able to grow from 45 million passengers and 280,000 flights in 2018, to 74 million passengers and 390,000 flights over the next 15 years, nearly the size of Heathrow.

Chairman of GACC, Peter Barclay, said “There is no need or other case for expansion at Gatwick. GACC and other local community groups have met and unanimously agreed to challenge these proposals as robustly as possible. The world now knows that aviation’s growth has climate consequences that it simply can’t afford, and serious adverse local impacts on health through noise and air pollution. This proposal is unnecessary and ill conceived.

“It must and will be opposed and rejected.”

Regards

Peter Barclay
Chairman GACC

For more information about Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign
phone 01293 863369
email info@gacc.org.uk
website www.gacc.org.uk
Facebook www.facebook.com/doyoucaregatwick

Alternatively contact directly
phone John Byng 01293 537234
phone Peter Barclay 01293 862821

Gatwick Airport – CAGNE Information

Communities Against Gatwick Noise and Emissions
Email received on the 24th August 2021

Gatwick will announce tomorrow a public consultation to rebuild the emergency runway as a second runway which flies in the face of the climate emergency we all face

Whilst other industries make every effort to reduce carbon output Gatwick Airport’s shareholders seek to add 1 million tonnes of extra carbon a year with a second runway

  • This Wednesday (25th) Gatwick Airport is to announce the public consultation on rebuilding the emergency runway (northern/ standby) as a second runway.
    This does not meet government policy of ‘making best use of current facilities’ as both runways cannot be used in unison currently due to safety issues
  • The announcement flies in the face of the climate emergency we are all facing – whilst we recycle and buy electric cars aviation continues to seek unconditional polluting growth
  • Gatwick is not carbon neutral and must be made to take responsibility for the carbon and greenhouses gases of the aircraft departing and landing at its airport
  • A second runway at Gatwick Airport would add 1MTonnesCO2 on top of Gatwick’s pre Covid flight figures (285,000 aircraft movements a year) plus the planned 40% increase from the main runway that will not be scrutinised.
  • This move can be for one reason only; shareholders seek to sell Gatwick with 2 runways.

“Whilst the children are off school and elected member’s holiday, Gatwick Airport choose a time when the skies are quiet to announce a public consultation that flies in the face of the climate emergency, we are all facing”, said CAGNE, the umbrella aviation community and environmental group for Sussex, Surrey, and Kent. “It is despicable and disingenuous for a company to ignore the emissions that planes in and out of Gatwick Airport produce. This pollution from this airport is causeing grave danger for future generations that will have to pay the price for today’s greed of this leisure airport.”

CAGNE has already instigated a series of educational talks to inform residents of the climate impact of a second runway at Gatwick Airport. The next virtual talk takes place on Thursday 30th September (Time is Ticking – Unmasked! The environmental ramifications of Gatwick Airport second runway – website time is ticking a series of virtual talks)

“Boris Johnson said listen to the science when it came to Covid, elected members will be ignoring the science if they permitted this disastrous if they support this planning application by Gatwick Airport to obtain planning for this second runway,” said CAGNE.

“Climate change is one of the greatest and most pressing threats facing the modern world and yet Gatwick ignore this fact and endeavour to push forward for a second runway. Constraint of this industry must be the answer if we are to save the planet for future generations.”

There is no one alternative fuel to fossil fuel for aviation currently, and yet this move by Gatwick shareholders must be seen as total disregard for the planet and future generations.

Gatwick seek to claim they are carbon neutral as they do not account for aircraft movements. They buy electricity from a supplier called Haven Power, owned by Drax, “renewable electricity” is made from biomass. Environmentalists have warned will create enormous demand for forest and other biomass and come at serious risks for land use, agriculture, and biodiversity in the UK and abroad.

Aviation and Gatwick Airport had been reducing jobs at the airport long before Covid with automation and this continues. Job creation therefore must be in greener and more sustainable sectors if we are to truly retrofit our homes.

It is not just about carbon but also the greenhouse gases and the air particles produced by aviation.

Link to talks website time is ticking a series of virtual talks
Link to Gatwick 2 briefing paper from details known to date which does not include details from Wednesday – website Stop Gatwick Expansion

Can you help hand out leaflets to oppose Gatwick 2 on Saturday 12th September at Slinfold? Contact email cagnegatwick@gmail.com

Make an annual pledge of support by donating £4 (it can be more) a year to help CAGNE to continue efforts to be fair to all communities. Simply set up an annual standing order of £4 to the CAGNE account at NatWest Horsham, number 19865090 sort code 60-11-17, or bank transfer or by PayPal at www.cagne.org or send a cheque made payable to CAGNE to the CAGNE Treasurer c/o Porters Farm, Friday Street, Rusper, West Sussex RH12 4QA

CAGNE contact details:

email cagnegatwick@gmail.com
website cagne.org
Facebook www.facebook.com/Gatwickcagne

Our mailing address is:
CAGNE
CAGNE
Gatwick
Horsham, West Sussex RH12 3SQ
United Kingdom

Gatwick Airport – Crawley News 24

Thousands of new jobs could be generated as Gatwick pushes forward with plan to convert emergency runway

26th August 2021 – Crawley Observer
website www.crawleynews24.co.uk

Gatwick has today announced that a public consultation will start on the 9th September 2021 on plans to bring its existing Northern Runway into routine use alongside its Main Runway.

They say the scheme will help secure the airports long-term growth, generating approximately 18,400 additional jobs by 2038 and an additional expected £1.5bn GVA to the region.

While passenger numbers currently remain low due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Gatwick is taking its plans for growth forward now as they still expect to be capacity constrained in the time it would take to secure approvals, complete construction and start operations.

They say the proposed plans would allow the airport’s Northern Runway to be brought into routine use, for departing aircraft, by repositioning its centre line further north by 12 metres.

This would enable dual runway operations with the airport’s Main Runway whilst meeting all international safety standards. They add that the plans would add resilience to Gatwick’s operations (reducing delays and congestion), bring new global connections and allow an increase in passenger capacity to approximately 75 million passengers per annum by 2038.

Other elements of the proposals include improved airport access, highway improvements, as well as additional landscape/ecological planting and environmental mitigation.

Gatwick has said that the project proposals are low impact and are in line with Government policy of making best use of existing runways and the project will be delivered in a sustainable way which they say helps to achieve the Government’s overall goal of net zero emissions by 2050.

As the proposed Northern Runway plans are considered a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project, the airport plans to apply for a Development Consent Order (DCO) to build and operate the scheme. Before the application is submitted Gatwick will be running a twelve-week public consultation, for anyone who is interested in reviewing or commenting on the proposals, from 9th September 2021 to 1st December 2021.

The Statement of Community Consultation (setting out how Gatwick proposes to consult the local community on the proposed Northern Runway project) has been published today at website www.gatwickairport.com/futureplans.

Full consultation materials will be made available on the website www.gatwickairport.com/futureplans web pages from the 9th September along with a virtual exhibition and an option to book a telephone surgery with project experts or to request a virtual briefing for local stakeholder groups.

For those people who may find online access difficult Gatwick will be operating a mobile project office which will visit key areas around West and East Sussex, Surrey and Kent and all consultation materials will also be available at various deposit points, including libraries in those areas.

Stewart Wingate, Chief Executive Officer, Gatwick Airport, said:

While we are currently experiencing low passenger and air traffic volumes due to the global pandemic, we are confident that Gatwick will not only fully recover to previous passenger levels, but has the potential to continue to grow back into one of Europe’s premier airports. Our plans to bring our existing Northern Runway into routine use will not only help to secure that growth but will also ensure many thousands of additional jobs and a vital boost to the economy for our local region.

“We would like to hear views from local people and interested groups on the proposed Northern Runway Project as part of our comprehensive public consultation process and encourage everyone to take time to review our plans.

“Aside from the economic benefits our plans will have, we remain committed to our sustainability goals, and our Northern Runway plans are designed to be a low impact way of unlocking new capacity from our existing infrastructure, much of which is already in place.

Gatwick News – Crawley Observer

Gatwick Airport poised to launch consultation on second runway plans

25th August 2021 – Crawley Observer
website www.crawleyobserver.co.uk

Gatwick has today announced that a public consultation will start on September 9 2021 on plans to bring its existing Northern Runway into routine use alongside its main runway.

The scheme will help secure the airports long term growth, generating approximately 18400 additional jobs by 2038 and an additional expected £1.5 billion GVA to the region. While passenger numbers remain currently low due to the covid-19 pandemic, Gatwick is taking its plans for growth forward now as it still expects to be capacity constrained in the time it would take to secure approvals, complete construction and start operations.

The proposed plans would allow the airport’s Northern runway to be brought into routine use, for departing aircraft by reposition its centre line further north by 12 metres. This would enable dual runway operations with the airport’s main runway whilst meeting all international safety standards.

The plans would add resilience to Gatwick operations (reducing delays and congestion), bring new global connections and allow an increase in passenger capacity to approximately 75 million passengers per annum by 2038.

Other elements of the proposal include improved airports access, highway improvements, as well as additional landscape/ecological planting and environmental mitigation.

The project proposals are low impact and in line with government policy of making best use of runways. The project will be delivered in a sustainable way which helps to achieve the government’s overall goal of zero emissions by 2050.

Gatwick Airport Limited – Newsletter

Information posted on behalf of Gatwick Airport Limited (GAL)

We have produced a newsletter with the airport’s latest news and announcements for the parish, town and neighbourhood councils around Gatwick. We hope the communities that you represent will find it of interest.

Kind regards,

Melanie

Melanie Wrightson
Stakeholder Engagement Manager

7th Floor, Destinations Place
Email: email melanie.wrightson@gatwickairport.com

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News from Gatwick Airport Limited

A message from Alison Addy (Gatwick Airport Limited)

I would like to update you about changes to Gatwick’s operations.

From 15th June operating hours will increase to 06:00-22:00 and North Terminal operations will resume with easyJet, Wizz Air, Ryanair, Belavia, Vueling and Blue Island flights. Whilst we have remained open throughout the COVID-19 epidemic – for repatriation flights and for the transportation of key medical supplies – we have hugely scaled back operations, including consolidating into our South Terminal.

This is a positive first step in helping our sector to recover. The recovery will be slow, and we continue to push the government to help our industry, not least through the replacement of the 14-day quarantine system with more evidence-based, country-by-country measures that allow for travel when safe to do so.

The health of our staff and passengers remains our top priority. As such, key measures at the airport will include:

  • Passengers will be required to wear a face covering throughout the airport with Gatwick staff mandated to wear face coverings in passenger-facing areas of the terminals. Face mask vending machines will also be made available at the airport;
  • Encouraging good hand hygiene with ample, well signposted hand washing facilities and numerous hand sanitising stations – including touch-free models – throughout;
  • Frequent, enhanced deep cleaning of common-use surfaces throughout the airport with dedicated teams visible to respond to any passenger concerns on cleanliness;
  • Social distancing procedures in place at check in, security, gate rooms, seating in departure halls and in restaurants, bars and shops;
  • Installation of Perspex screens throughout the terminals, including check in desks, and gate rooms.

As we ramp up operations, sustainability will continue to be a key part of our strategy. We have just published our latest Decade of Change report on how we are doing on a range of sustainability measures. The report can be found here. In 2019 we continued to deliver in all areas while increasing our focus on local economic and community initiatives, further improving our recycling rate, and collaborating with industry partners on the roadmap to decarbonise UK aviation. We have committed publicly to become a net zero airport well before 2050, and to play our part in UK aviation getting there too. As we evolve our next Decade of Change plan, we’ll seek to build on what we have already achieved.

We know the importance of a strong Gatwick to the region and to the country as a whole. That is why we are doing everything we can to get our sector moving and help fuel the economic recovery. I hope you will do all you can to help support our endeavours over the coming weeks, but also through the expected turbulent years ahead. We have been clear on what is needed from government, which includes:

  1. Make borders fair: Develop risk-based quarantine rules and Foreign Office advice on a country-by-country basis, and build ‘air bridges’ between countries
  2. Unlock capacity: Allow airlines to take over vacant slots through a resumption of ‘use it or lose it’ slot allocation rules
  3. Protect jobs: Extend the furlough scheme to April 2021, protecting thousands of jobs in airports and airlines
  4. Free up communities: Allow airports the same business rate exemptions as other businesses, freeing up local authorities from rate collection
  5. Streamline regulation: Provide a common-sense approach to regulation and fees for the Civil Aviation Authority, air traffic control, and others

We appreciate your continuing support.

Kind regards,

Alison

Alison Addy
Head of Community Engagement
phone M 0744 959 3171
email alison.addy@gatwickairport.com
website www.gatwickairport.com

Gatwick Airport – Crawley Observer

Air Quality Fears over Expansion
19th February 2020 – Crawley Observer

website www.crawleyobserver.co.uk
email crawleyobserver@jpress.co.uk
phone 01403 751200

Plans for the expansion of Gatwick Airport have led to increased fears of a decline in air quality.

That’s according to the campaign group Communities Against Gatwick Noise and Emissions – CAGNE. They say that results of a survey carried out last autumn show that a decline in air quality was the top concern among people questioned.

Other concerns included increased rail and traffic congestion in the area, increase aircraft noise and more pressure on building on green spaces

The results also showed that 62 per cent of those surveyed said they did not support Gatwick bringing its current emergency runway into full-time regular use.

Other results, say CAGNE, showed that night flights are disliked, with more than 67 per cent of those questioned stating that night flights should be banned from 11.30pm till 6am.

The sixth CAGNE annual meeting is to be held on February 26 at the Copthorne Hotel, Copthorne Way, Copthorne at 7pm.

Gatwick Airport Community Trust

Gatwick Airport Community Trust GACTFunding Help For For Local Causes

Deadline For Grant Applications 16 March

Gatwick Airport Community Trust (GACT) can help your local community group to make 2020 a year to remember!

If you know of a local project that could do with some financial support, go to www.gact.org.uk.

Check to see if the project is eligible and if it falls within the Trust’s area of benefit, download the application form and send it to the address on the form.

Gatwick Airport Community Trust area map

Now in its 19th year, this independent charity has helped change many local lives and improved a wide range of community facilities across the area of benefit in parts of East and West Sussex, Surrey and Kent. During that time hundreds of projects in local communities around Gatwick Airport have benefitted from funds.

The Trust is keen to support schemes that benefit diverse sections of the local community and are targeted towards the development of young people, the arts, sporting facilities, environmental improvement and conservation, improvements to community facilities, volunteering, the elderly and the disabled.

Grant applications are assessed by a board of nine volunteer trustees who all bring local knowledge and expertise to the Trust ensuring that the money is used to the maximum benefit of the local community.

A map of the area of benefit can be viewed at www.gact.org.uk/area.php together with a full list of towns and villages in the area.

GACC Newsletter 111

Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign
Newsletter 16th January 2020

Gatwick’s Big Enough campaign update

In August 2019 GACC established the Gatwick’s Big Enough campaign to oppose the expansion plans set out in Gatwick’s master plan. GACC is leading the campaign working alongside community groups from around the airport.

To date we have:

  • Engaged with all the key stakeholders including MPs, councils, the Department for Transport, the Planning Inspectorate and the airport itself
  • Briefed MPs and councils on the likely consequences of Gatwick’s plans and on the significant gaps in the arrangements for approving or rejecting those plans
  • Presented at Gatwick’s Consultative Committee, GATCOM Commissioned legal advice on the best way to oppose Gatwick’s proposed main runway growth, which is not currently within the scope of the ongoing planning process
  • Worked with local groups to launch fund raising campaigns
  • Arranged and attended a number of awareness raising events in local communities.

A significant focus of our work to date has been to try to ensure that all Gatwick’s growth is subject to a rigorous, independent, planning process in which all parties can have a voice. Currently 60% of growth proposed by Gatwick would be from more intensive use of its main runway, which is not covered by the planning process. We believe that growth without scrutiny is unacceptable, against government policy and inconsistent with the law.

See GACC newsletter (link above) for further details.

For more information about Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign
phone 01293 863369
email info@gacc.org.uk
website www.gacc.org.uk
Facebook www.facebook.com/doyoucaregatwick

Alternatively contact directly
phone John Byng 01293 537234
phone Peter Barclay 01293 862821

Gatwick Airport – Crawley Observer

Gatwick Airport supports community awards as headline sponsor
20th November 2019 – Crawley Observer

website www.crawleyobserver.co.uk
email crawleyobserver@jpress.co.uk
phone 01403 751200

Gatwick Airport is again supporting the Crawley Community Awards as headline sponsor.

Community engagement manager Melanie Wrightson explains why: More than a third of Gatwick staff call Crawley and Horley home. They help the airport to deliver a world-class passenger experience and do a fantastic job welcoming more than 46 million passengers a year as they fly out to more than 230 destinations in 74 countries.

They are fantastic ambassadors not only for Gatwick, but for Crawley and the wider region. Simply put, without the support of local people, Gatwick would not be the airport it is today.

Some people, however, go above and beyond and selflessly give up their time for the benefit of others. It is important to stop and take a moment to recognise these people as they enrich our community and peoples’ lives.

I’m lucky enough to meet many of the local volunteers and community representatives who do great work across the region, whether they are helping to raise funds or helping those who just need some additional help and support.

I find their selflessness and commitment to help other people inspirational. It is only right that our community heroes receive the recognition they deserve and Gatwick Airport is proud to be able to help by supporting the Crawley Community Awards.

We are also delighted to be working alongside others who took the initiative to honour and recognise our Community heroes, including The Crawley Observer, The Hawth and Crawley Borough Council.

I wish all the nominees the best of luck and look forward to a fantastic awards evening.