21st November 2018 – Crawley Observer
By Staff Reporter
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.