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Gatwick Protest
21st November 2018 – Crawley Observer


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Protesters from Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign (GACC) and Community Against Gatwick Noise Emissions (CAGNE) gathered outside County Mall on Saturday.

They were protesting against controversial plans which would give Gatwick an extra runway, and also earmark land for a third runway. CAGNE chairman Sally Pavey said Gatwick requires taxpayers to sign a blank cheque.

“You have to ask yourself if Gatwick is so wonderful for our local economy, why are our roads crumbling, our railway overcrowded with passengers and luggage, and there is a serious lack of affordable housing, social and health care, and schools now in the surrounding counties?

“Local authorities are already struggling to meet current demands so is this the right time to be agreeing to something that would add 70m passengers with just two runways to our roads and railway line with potentially an inward migration of an additional 12,000 workers?

“The truth is that this Master Plan would escalate our local authorities financial issues further by asking taxpayers to pay for the infrastructure and amenities to support a three runway airport long after the Gatwick management have sold their shares to another overseas pension fund.”

The next and last Gatwick Airport Master plan event is on Saturday November 24, from 3.30pm to 7.30pm in Horley Leisure Centre, Anderson Way.

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Annual General Meeting – GACC

From the Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign
8th November 2018

Dear GACC Member or Reader,

A reminder of GACC’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) this year.

Friday 23rd November 2018

Commences at 7:30pm Doors open 7:00pm

Ardingly Suite
Copthorne Hotel
Copthorne Way
West Sussex RH10 3 PG

Full Agenda to follow but items will of course include :-

  • Report on the past year
  • Accounts for 2017-18
  • Election of Committee **
  • Discussion on Gatwick’s Draft Master Plan and update on Flight Paths

**There are some vacancies occurring on our Committee as some members are retiring after many years of service.

If you are interested in joining the committee please let the Chairman know by 5:00pm on Friday 16th November.

Peter Barclay
Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign

For more information about Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign
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Gatwick road show ‘avoid’ rural areas
7th November 2018 – Crawley Observer


By Staff Reporter
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Gatwick Airport has been accused of overlooking rural communities as it consults on its latest expansion plan.

Gatwick is holding a series of exhibitions this month, setting out ‘its expansion plans. The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has accused them of cherry picking urban areas while ignoring rural districts.

A statement from the group said: “Gatwick is to hold public exhibitions in Crawley, Croydon, Horley, Tunbridge Wells, Brighton and Horsham throughout November.

“However, no exhibitions are planned for the neighbouring districts of Mid Sussex; Tanbridge and Mole Valley which are all within the so-called ‘Gatwick Triangle’.”

CPRE Sussex Chair, David Johnson said: “People forget this is a relatively rural area. “The environmental obstacles for Gatwick are extremely serious and cannot be underestimated or ignored. And yet Gatwick has chosen to hold its consultation exhibitions well away from the rural areas which would take the brunt of this damaging proposal.

“Instead they have cherry picked unaffected urban centres in what appears to be a publicity road show which shows no consideration at all for the environment.

“The countryside can’t speak for itself and its voice is being completely drowned out in a shameful publicity drive which is all about profit. Gatwick expansion is not just about a runway – it is also about the millions of extra passengers, cars, new housing and infrastructure which would change the face of Sussex forever.

“Expansion comes with huge baggage that would destroy the very landscapes we seek to protect and promote for future generations. This scale of destruction of wildlife, tranquillity, dark night skies and clean air should be properly appreciated and responsibly publicised before any decisions can be made.

“These venues will be seen as highly inconvenient and quite inaccessible to affected rural communities and those living in the wider Sussex countryside.”

When Gatwick launched its 12-week consultation process last month, CEO Stewart Wingate said: “We would encourage as many people as possible to take part in our consultation process.”

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Planet ‘cannot afford’ expansion plans – MEP
2nd November 2018 – Crawley Observer


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Keith Taylor, Green MEP for south east England, joined protests against plans to expand Gatwick Airport.

He said that, having been passed over in favour of Heathrow Gatwick had devised a plan for expansion ‘by the back door’.

The plan is for the airport to use its emergency runway to create extra capacity.

Keith Taylor, Green MEP

The protest on Tuesday October 30, saw the senior Green politician join local residents, Green Party members and campaigners from the Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign (GACC) at Gatwick Airport.

Mr Taylor, a member of the European Parliament’s Transport and Tourism Committee, said: “l’m joining campaigners here because Gatwick’s plans for expansion by the back door are as deceitful as they are reckless. The planet cannot afford airport expansion.

“At the same time, residents cannot afford to have their health and wellbeing even further impacted by the air and noise pollution generated by the airport’s greed.

“Earlier this month climate scientists from across the world came together to highlight the need for urgent and radical action to avoid the very worst effects of a climate breakdown that is already in process. Airport expansion quite literally flies in the face of the government’s claim that it is committed to protecting our planet and our environment.

“Aviation is a top ten global polluter and emissions from the heavily subsidised industry are set to balloon by 300 per cent if action is not taken sooner rather than later. Not accounting for any airport expansion, emissions from aviation are already expected to use up more than two-thirds of the UK’s carbon budget by 2050.

At the same time, the ‘Clean’ Growth Strategy the government has been promoting this month will already see the UK miss its legally-binding climate targets. As Greens, we support a fairer frequent flyer levy that would help reduce demand driven by the privileged few and reduce costs for the average UK holidaymaker.”

GACC chair Peter Barclay, who joined Keith at the protest, added: “Gatwick has decided in a month that highlights the health impacts of noise and an announcement from the UN’s IPCC warning of a crisis in meeting carbon emission limits, to contribute further noise and pollution by suggesting additional runway capacity in its latest Master Plan.

“Having lost the south east runway challenge to Heathrow the owners of Gatwick have decided to create their own runner-up prize via the back door.

“The proposals will create a huge increase the problems already being experienced by local communities – noise, air pollution and excessive road traffic. lt would also put even greater pressure on the tottering road and rail infrastructure both locally and further afield.”

‘Not Now. Not Ever’, say CAGNE protesters

Communities Against Gatwick Noise and Emissions (CAGNE) has launched a new campaign against the expansion plan.

CAGNE members at the Gatwick Masterplan event on November 3

CAGNE chair Sally Pavey said: “This Master Plan is about continuing the blight of these counties for Gatwick’s pursuit of profit. We therefore call upon residents to join us in rejecting the Gatwick Master Plan for a three runway airport in West Sussex.

“lt is more than just airport expansion; it is about the enormous increase in noise that is proposed for the people that have no respite today.

“It is about flying in the face of carbon reductions to save our planet, concreting over our green space for mass housing and industrial parks, not to mention huge road infrastructure projects that would be needed to support an airport of this size.”

Gatwick Masterplan events will be held at County Mall 11am to 5pm Saturday November 17 and Horley Leisure Centre 3.30pm to 7.30pm November 24.

Plan is hailed as ‘ingenious’ and ‘a masterstroke’

The Gatwick Diamond Initiative is backing Gatwick’s expansion plan.

Rosemary French OBE, executive director of the partnership said: “This masterplan is also a masterstroke because in one idea, it has identified a low-cost, safe, sustainable and fast solution to meet its growth needs.

“This important proposal means that our area could benefit from a much-needed second runway in just a few years, possibly even before the third runway is built at Heathlow.

“Time is of the essence, as connectivity with existing and new export and visitor markets is vital as we seek to protect and improve the prosperity of local businesses and people in a post Brexit world.

“We believe that utilising the existing standby runway is a fast, efficient and cost-effective option and the environmental implications are minimised.”

Platinum Publishing Group also welcomed the plan, – calling it ‘an ingenious way to expand’. “What a great wheeze to get around the ridiculous decision to award the second runway to Heathrow,” said a statement from the group.

“The decision should always have been develop both but it seems the government, in their great wisdom, didn’t agree.” It added: “With Brexit upon us, Gatwick’s development will help meet future aviation demand with sustainable growth and ensure strong connections between Britain and global markets.

“It will also provide new opportunities for the South East and-continue to bolster the local economy for future generations.”

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Anger at Plans for Gatwick
24th October 2018 – Crawley Observer


Plans to use Gatwick’s emergency runway as a second runway have been condemned by campaign groups.

Sally Pavey, chair of Communities Against Gatwick Noise and Emissions (CAGNE) said: “This is totally underhand, a stab in the heart for residents that thought they could get on with their lives after the runway debate was won by Heathrow Airport. “This is despicable behaviour by Gatwick management and clearly shows their contempt for us communities of Sussex, Surrey and Kent.”

By Sarah Page
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Gatwick Airport unveils growth plan, including a second runway
Plan is condemned as ‘outrageous’ by Sally Pavey, of Communities Against Gatwick Noise and Emissions

Radical growth plans for Gatwick Airport – including controversial proposals for a second runway – have been unveiled by officials.

Three possible expansion plans are being put forward – including the conversion of the airport’s existing emergency runway into full-time use – which bosses say could create 20,000 new jobs.

But already opponents have hit out at what they see as Gatwick expansion by ‘stealth’. The airport’s original proposals for an entirely new second runway were halted by the Government two years ago in favour of expansion at Heathrow.

In a draft masterplan revealed by Gatwick bosses today, it is proposed to use the emergency standby runway – only currently used when the main runway is closed for emergencies or maintenance – for ‘routine use.’

A current 40-year agreement not to use the two runways I simultaneously comes I to an end in 2019. The masterplan outlines how the new runway could be used alongside the main runway for parting flights by the mid 2020s.

Anti expansion campaigner Sally Pavey, who lives near Horsham and spearheads the group Communities Against Gatwick Noise and Emissions said: “This is simply betrayal of communities of Sussex, Surrey and Kent who have already endured the increases in longhaul movements this year by 24.1 per cent – this is a second runway by the backdoor.”

She said it would mean around a 20-30 per cent increase in flights, day and night.

“It’s outrageous and just makes your heart go down to your shoes.”

She said there were also aircraft safety concerns with the runways being so close together, along with concerns about increased noise, pollution and a lack of infrastructure to cope with expansion.

However Gatwick chief executive Stewart Wingate said -the proposed use of the existing standby runway would not increase airport noise and would meet all international safety requirements.

If the plan progresses, a detailed planning proposal would be submitted. He said the plans would mean an extra 8,000 jobs being created at Gatwick itself – 20,000 in the region overall – and would add an extra €2 billion to the economy.

The plans would see the number of passengers going through the airport rise to around 60 million by 2032. It would also mean the number of take-off and landings increase from a peak of around 55 an hour to up to 70.

The masterplan also outlines alternative proposals that could see the use of new technology being used to increase capacity on the existing main runway, as well as proposals to safeguard land to the south of the airport for a possible new runway in the future – although airport bosses stress that option is not currently being pursued.

Stewart Wingate

Stewart Wingate added: “Gatwick’s growing global connections are needed more than ever but this must be achieved in the most sustainable way. From using new technologies on our main runway, to the innovative proposal to bring our existing standby runway into routine use, our draft masterplan offers agile, productive and low-impact ways of unlocking much-needed new capacity and increased resilience from within our existing infrastructure.”

He said the airport had experienced a lot of success in bringing in new longhaul routes and the masterplan proposals would enable more to be created. The expansion would be fully funded by the airport’s owners, he said, with no cost to the public purse.

A 12-week public consultation period is now being launched to gather views on the masterplan.

Mr Wingate added: “Gatwick’s growth has been built through partnership so as we look ahead at our future development, we want to shape these plans together with our local communities, our passengers, our airlines and partners. We would encourage as many people as possible to take part in our consultation process. “This will help shape our plans for securing the region’s prosperity.”

Crawley MP Henry Smith welcomed the proposals. He said: “I have always supported the airport growing within its existing boundaries and welcome their exciting new vision for incremental growth that will support more jobs and opportunity in Crawley.”

CBI director general Carolyn Fairbairn added: “The CBI welcomes Gatwick’s highly productive proposals to deliver increased capacity that complements expansion schemes at other airports. This will drive trade and investment, create new jobs and help British businesses thrive.”

CPRE Sussex took the unprecedented step of declaring a ‘Countryside State of Emergency’ in response to the expansion plan. “This plan would have a devastating impact on our countryside,” said CPRE Chair, David Johnson.

“lt would change the landscape and rural character of Sussex forever – scarring our Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and deeply damaging the tranquillity and ecology of our National Park.

“For this reason we are declaring our first ever ‘Countryside State of Emergency’ to protect what we hold dear – our rural communities and the natural beauty and tranquillity of our county.

“It would be unthinkable to allow Gatwick to urbanise Sussex in this way, so we will be joining with all othen community and conservation groups to oppose these plans.

“It is ironic that at a time when one Government department is looking to expand the protection of our beloved and treasured countryside another department could be allowing its destruction.

“We do not believe that the destruction of wildlife, our tranquillity, our dark night skies and clean air can be justified by the expansion of Gatwick.”

CPRE Sussex has now written to the Environment Secretary, Michael Gove MP to detail an ’emergency campaign to safeguard Sussex’s rural communities, ANOBs and National Park from Gatwick Airport’s Master Plan’.

GACC Press Release – Emergency Runway

From the Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign
21st October 2018

Dear GACC Member or Reader,

No doubt many of you will have seen the press reports following Gatwick’s announcement to pursue additional runway capacity by attempting to develop the emergency runway. I’ve attached our Press Release giving our initial response to the announcement.

We’ll be getting in touch with you very soon with information on how to the respond to Gatwick’s consultation on this and other plans published in their new Master Plan.

Meanwhile if you want to see more of the Master Plan here’s a link to a summary or to the main document.

Summary Document: draft-masterplan-consultation-doc_18oct.pdf

Full Master Plan: gatwick-draft-master-plan-final.pdf

Peter Barclay
Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign

For more information about Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign
phone 01293 863369

Alternatively contact directly
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