Gatwick News – Crawley Observer

Concerns over standby runway
3rd July 2019 – Crawley Observer


By Staff Reporter
phone 01403 751200

‘Serious concerns’ about proposals to bring Gatwick Airport’s standby runway into full-time use have been raised by West Sussex council leaders.

Use of the standby runway was one of three options listed in Gatwicks expansion masterplan, alongside more intense use of the existing main runway and safeguarding land south of the airport for a possible new runway in the future. Nine council leaders covering authorities in West Sussex and Surrey have written to Gatwick expressing Serious concerns about the approach and timescales being proposed’ for the airport’s plans to bring the standby runway into use. Peter Lamb, leader of the borough council, and West Sussex County Council’s Louise Goldsmith were signatories.

The letter added: “There appears to be very little recognition by ‘your team of the critical role local authorities perform as representatives of the local community and minimal regard for the importance
of effective and meaningful dialogue between GAL [Gatwick Airport Limited] and our authorities.

‘As you deliberate about whether to progress expansion plans, we urge GAL to genuinely engage with us to increase trust and understanding so we can ensure any proposals benefit our communities.”

In response Stewart Wingate, chief executive officer of Gatwick, said: ‘We believe that this project represents a very significant and strategically important opportunity for the south-east region and is vital for its ability to compete economically. We therefore think that this project should be delivered expediently.

“I should stress at the outset that we completely agree with your statement that there is much to be gained by working constructively together and that we are equally keen to do so.

“I would like to reassure you that all our activities to date have been designed with this in mind, and with the intention of fostering effective communication between us on all matters to do with growth at the airport.”

To make any changes, Gatwick will have to submit a planning application to the planning inspectorate. A spokesman for Gatwick said: “Gatwick consulted on its 2018 draft masterplan late last year, which set out potential scenarios for the airports ongoing development and sustainable growth.

“We are currently analysing the responSes to the 12-week public consultation and extensive engagement with local authorities and communities.

“We plan to publish a report on the consultation and the final masterplan in the near future. “If we were to take forward the proposals to bring the standby runway into routine use, we would follow a statutory planning process including a formal public consultation.

“Gatwick regularly engages with our local councils and communities through many channels and would continue to do so constructively as part of any future developments.”

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Gatwick News – Crawley Observer

Gatwick Noise Management
12th June 2019 – Crawley Observer

Letter Page – Communities Against Gatwick Noise and Emissions
phone 01293 845058

With reference to the news release in the Observer of June 5

We can expect the noise complaints to escalate further this summer and those that are not impacted by aircraft noise now need to wake up to Gatwick’s plans.

For the past three years the Gatwick Noise Management Board (NMB) has focused on arriving aircraft noise at 14nm+ from the airport.

The NMB has failed in its attempts to reduce,mitigate and manage noise according to the complaints CAGNE receives daily echoed by the Gatwick flight performance reports that show increases in complaints outside of Gatwick and the Civil Aviation Authorities figures.

The NMB has not dealt with the noise of those significantly affected by the new motorways of departures (PRNAV) introduced by Gatwick in 2014, apart from one Surrey route that faced a legal challenge from a resident.

The NMB has instigated the targeting of those that have little respite from arriving, and departing, traffic at 8-10nm resulting in arriving traffic dropping wheels and flaps of the aircraft to reduce speed so increasing the noise of the aircraft over those closest to the runway.

And communities now have Gatwick via the modernisation of airspace, Future Airspace Strategy Implementation South (FASIS), stage 2 removing Noise Preferential Routes (NPR) that have safeguarded homes outside of departing flight paths for over 60 years.

Communities can also expect Gatwick to return this summer with their master plan to use the emergency runway as a second runway by stealth and safeguard land for a third runway.

Planes may have become quieter but it is the frequency by which they are flown, the targeting of communities with concentrated flight paths, and the impact they are having on residents house values, wellbeing and climate change’ said CAGNE.

Communities Against Gatwick Noise and Emissions

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Healthwatch Library Pop Ups

A message from Kathryn Brooks
West Sussex County Council

Healthwatch Library Pop Ups

Dear All

Healthwatch West Sussex are being supported by West Sussex County Council Library Service to ‘Pop-Up’ during July and August.

Please do come and talk to us at:

  • Bognor Library on Thursday 11th July and Thursday 8th August from 10am to 1pm
  • Crawley Library on Friday 12th July and Friday 19th July from 10am to 1pm
  • Haywards Heath Library on Tuesday 23rd July from 10am to 1pm
  • Littlehampton Library on Wednesday 17th July from 10am to 1pm
  • Midhurst Library on Tuesday 30th July from 10am to 1pm

If you have any health or care concerns and challenges, our team can help you to take the next step on your journey, wherever this may take you. This includes free information and guidance, and access to Independent Health Complaints Advocacy if you need guidance on an NHS complaint or practical support, call Healthwatch West Sussex on phone 0300 012 0122.

Kind Regards


Kath Brooks | Partnership Officer – Crawley
Partnerships and Communities Team
Communities and Public Protection
West Sussex County Council
County Hall North, Chart Way, Horsham, RH12 1XH
Internal: phone 25397 | External: phone 0330 222 5397 |Mobile: phone 07702 511693
E-mail: email


Gatwick News – Crawley Observer

Noise footprint level at Gatwick airport are reduced by seven per cent
5th June 2019 – Crawley Observer


By Staff Reporter
phone 01403 751200

Improved operational procedures – including smoother descents that reduce drag and use less power – and the phasing out of the noisiest aircraft helped reduce the noise levels at Gatwick Airport.

The annual noise exposure analysis carried out by the Civil Aviation Authority found a seven percent reduction on the noise footprint of 2018.

Gatwick Airport

Using the nationally recognised standard measurement (54dBA Leq), Gatwick’s noise footprint shrank from 82.7 Km2 to 77.1 Km2 in 2018 – compared to 2017 – with the number of people living within this noise contour also falling to 10,200 from 10,950.

The survey shows that cumulatively, over the last two years, 900 people have been taken out of this noise footprint as it shrank 11 per cent – reducing in area from 86.5 Km2 in 2016 to 77.1 Km2 in 2018.

It showed Gatwick’s noise footprint has reduced by 48 per cent over the last 20 years and by 14.5 per cent over the last decade.

In terms of future noise reductions, the next generation of aircraft – including the Airbus A320neo, A321neo and A350; and Boeing’s 787 (Dreamliner) – are up to 50 per cent quieter than their predecessors.

In the future the airline fleets that operate from Gatwick will be dominated by these quieter aircraft, with forecasts showing that this type of next generation aircraft will make up 86 per cent of Gatwick’s aircraft fleet by 2032/33, up from three per cent in 2017/18.

The independent Noise Management Board at Gatwick was formed in 2016 and brings the local community and the aviation industry together within a formalised structure and is considered to be an industry leading approach to managing noise issues at a local level.

Andy Sinclair, Gatwick’s head of airspace, said: “We are making good progress against our objective of reducing the impact that aircraft noise has on our local communities, but we recognise that more must be done.

“We are delighted with the work of the Noise Management Board and we hope that it continues its strong influence in decision making at the airport. We will continue to challenge ourselves and our industry
partners and will be introducing a range of new initiatives to reduce noise further in coming years.

Over time, aircraft noise has dramatically reduced at Gatwick and in the next few years I expect to see further improvements as more next generation aircraft are delivered.

Small Charities Week

A message from Kathryn Brooks
West Sussex County Council

Small Charity Week 2019

Dear All

Small Charity Week (17th-22nd June) #SmallCharityWeek is the biggest event in the small charity calendar, providing free initiatives, competitions and support over six days for charities or local community organisations with an annual turnover under £1 million.

As part of this, West Sussex County Council is delighted to offer a limited number of free spaces to Crawley small charities on Tuesday 18th June to promote their work. Between 11am and 2pm, Crawley charities are invited to set up a table information stand (plus space for a pull up banner) on the ground floor of Crawley library. The library has approximately 1,000 visitors each day, and this lunchtime slot should enable organisations to promote themselves to members of the public, but not to fundraise.

You may be interested in looking at these competitions running during the week, and post a photo of yourselves and your supporters at the library?
Spaces will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. For more information, or to book please contact Kath Brooks, West Sussex County Council Partnerships & Communities (details below)

Kind Regards


Kath Brooks | Partnership Officer – Crawley
Partnerships and Communities Team
Communities and Public Protection
West Sussex County Council
County Hall North, Chart Way, Horsham, RH12 1XH
Internal: phone 25397 | External: phone 0330 222 5397 |Mobile: phone 07702 511693
E-mail: email


Creative writing workshop for mums with young children

FREE creative writing workshop for mums with young children

With Anna Jefferson

On National Writing Day, a creative writing workshop aimed at mothers of young children. This is an opportunity to chat about the challenges and triumphs of motherhood with other women, using personal experiences as the springboard to writing creatively. The one-off workshop is aimed at writers of all abilities.

The session will be led by playwright and author Anna Jefferson. Anna has written for stage and screen since 2005. Having grown up in rural Lincolnshire, her work draws on her abiding love of northern England, its people and humour. Anna is founder and co-director of Broken Leg Theatre. She has written and toured five plays, having most recently co-written Three Generations of Women, which toured nationally to critical acclaim.

Her first novel, You Can Take Her Home Now, about the first year of parenting set against a backdrop of growing up in 90s Lincolnshire, is due for publication in in February 2020 with Orion. Anna’s second book is due for publication in later that year.

Date/Time: 26 June 2019 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Price: FREE – email email to reserve your place

Venue: 12-13 Queens Square, Crawley.

Great British Spring Clean

PH(N)RA in conjunction with LPK learning

Be part of the Great British Spring Clean by joining us on Saturday 11th May in Pound Hill.

Meet at Milton Mount Community Centre at 10.00am to collect equipment ready for a community clean up until 12.00pm. Join in for as long as you like! Every little helps! Adults and children all welcome.

A limited amount of equipment will be available and so please bring your own gloves and a litter picker if you have one.

Refreshments will be available afterwards in the community centre until 1.00pm.

Hope to see you there!

LPK learning:



Lifeline Free 13 Week Trial

A message from Crawley Borough Council

We thought you would like to know that Crawley Borough Council can proudly say that it has been providing the Lifeline service for 30 years now, through the highs and lows of the economic cycle; it is good to have positive news to share with you.

Please see below our annual newsletter, please be aware that for a limited time you can receive the service for 13 weeks free of charge for any reason e.g. fear of crime, health concerns, safety issues.

We also like doing talks and having stalls at events, so if you are involved with an event and think it would be appropriate to have us along please get in touch email

Kind regards

Charlotte and Kristy

Charlotte Hassam and Kristy Ley
Lifeline Services Manager

Tel: phone 01293 438 487
Mob: phone 07792 218 055
Kristy – Mon-Wed 8.30am-5pm
Charlotte – Thu-Fri 8.30am – 5pm

Crawley Borough Council
Town Hall
The Boulevard
RH10 1UZ

The FUTURE of health and care

Invitation to Public Engagement Event – Future of Health and Care

A message from Isabel Costello
NHS – Engagement Officer (North Place)

Dear all,

We would like to invite you to a discussion on the future for health and care services, and to help us prioritise changes and improvements that need to be made to ensure our populations continue to have the best possible care.

Now that the NHS Long-term plan has been published, it is the right time for us to talk with our communities about what the areas are that we need to focus on to ensure services remain sustainable and right for patients.

These discussions will build on what we have already heard through our “Big Health and Care Conversation” across the area, and help us think about how we use the available money for health and care in the best possible way: “We can do anything, but not everything”.

Our discussions will be focused on the FUTURE of health and care:
Facing up to our challenges
Understanding Need
Transforming services
Unwarranted variation – ensuring this does not happen
Resources and how we use them most effectively
Equality of access and care for our diverse population

We have a number of opportunities to join our discussions in person, and we will also be producing an online survey, in order to hear from as many people as we can.

To book a place at any of our discussions, please follow the links below:

19 March 2019: The Barn, Field Place, Worthing 5:00 – 7:00pm

20 March 2019: Assembly Room, Chichester, 10.00 – 12.00am

27 March 2019: The Grange Community Centre, Midhurst 2:00 – 4:00pm

4 April 2019: The College of Richard Collyer, Horsham 6:00 – 8:00pm

10 April 2019: East Sussex College, Hastings 3:00 – 5:00pm

To find out more, please email:

Please feel free to pass this invitation on to anyone else that you feel would be interested.

Best wishes,


Isabel Costello
Engagement Officer (North Place)

Brighton and Hove CCG | Crawley CCG | East Surrey CCG | High Weald Lewes Havens CCG | Horsham and Mid-Sussex CCG
Part of Central Sussex and East Surrey Commissioning Alliance (North)
phone 01293 600300 ext 3801 | phone 07920244988 | email
Lower Ground Floor, Crawley Hospital, West Green Drive, RH11 7DH
If you are requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 or Environmental Information Regulations 2004 please redirect your e-mail to email

Southern Water Priority Service

A little extra support when it’s needed most
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Register for Priority Services today by calling our support team (free of charge) on:phone 0800 027 0800 or visit: website

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