Gatwick Airport – Crawley Observer

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
phone 01403 751200

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
phone John Byng 01293 537234
phone Peter Barclay 01293 862821

Crawley Observer – Gatwick Airport

Gatwick to reveal controversial plan for second runway
17th October 2018 – Crawley Observer


By Staff Reporter
phone 01403 751200

Gatwick is due to unveil plans for a controversial second runway on Thursday.

The plan, which involves using the airport’s emergency runway for routine flights, could increase the airport’s capacity by more than 84,000 flights per year, at present, there is a legal agreement in place which prevents both runways from being used at once. However, the agreement is due to expire in August.

Gatwick’s plans for expansion suffered a major setback in October 2016, when the Government rejected the West Sussex airport’s plans for a second runway, in favour of a rival plan to expand Heathrow.

Although Gatwick’s new plan would need planning permission and Civil Aviation Authority approval, both of these could be obtained before the completion of Heathrow’s third runway – due in 2026.

A Gatwick representative said: “Airports are required to publish new master plans every five years, setting out their future growth plans and Gatwick has consistently confirmed it will do so before the end of this year. The draft plan will set out for our local communities, partners, airlines and stakeholders three possible growth scenarios, which we will then open up for views and feedback.

“In line with recent Government policy, Gatwick has previously set out it is exploring how to make best use of its existing runways, including the possibility of bringing its existing standby runway into routine use. This would deliver an incremental increase in capacity that complements the expansion schemes of other airports across the South East.

“Safety and security are always our key priorities and any new development would be fully compliant with all international safety requirements.”

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CAGNE: Minister should focus on Gatwick’s impact
12th September 2018 – Crawley Observer


By Staff Reporter
phone 01403 751200

Campaign group CAGNE (Communities Against Gatwick Noise Emissions) says, the Secretary of State should look at Gatwick’s effect on the local area rather than the new aircraft hanger.

“Gatwick Airport management continues to ignore the severity of the aircraft noise that they put over people’s homes especially those that chose to live in rural areas for tranquility to the west and east of the airport,” said a statement from the group.

“The Minister would have been wise to look at the huge increases in noise complaints Gatwick is receiving, even though they have made it hard for residents to complain; the decline in air quality in the surrounding areas due to the poor road network; and the lack of rail capacity as Gatwick sits on a single line which can’t be expanded.

“In the last couple of weeks residents and passengers have seen two accidents on the M23 in the vicinity of Gatwick illustrating that one incident brings the road network to a halt. Gatwick acts as a bottleneck on the railway line congesting it with low cost passenger suitcases preventing the line from being improved towards the coastal regions.

“The growth of Gatwick continues to drain the local authority purse which has to meet road repairs; congests the railway line making commuters travel unbearable into London every day; residents find their driveways blockades passengers try to avoid the high parking charges at Gatwick and drains the local workforce resulting in adding more workers to the road and rail as they endeavour to reach Gatwick from far and wide.

“All the time Gatwick offers staff free parking they will not get them out of their cars. Air quality decline is in the surrounding areas to the airport, which the airport ignores and leaves to the local authorities to deal with.”

Crawley Observer – Gatwick Airport

Transport Secretary visits Gatwick Airport
12th September 2018 – Crawley Observer


By Staff Reporter
phone 01403 751200

Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling visited Gatwick Airport on September 6.

The airport was celebrating a record year of long haul flight growth, and was showcasing a number of new projects.

Mr Grayling was invited to see the work in progress on a new 60,000 square metre Boeing service hangar site, which is due to open early next year.

A statement from Gatwick Airport said: It will maintain some of the industry’s most energy-efficient aircraft including the innovative Dreamliner 787, which is flown by several of Gatwick’s major airlines.

From left: Sir Michael Arthur, Chris Grayling and Stewart Wingate at the Boeing hanger site.

The £88 million facility will provide on-site engineering and maintenance for commercial aircraft, including the single-aisle 737 MAX and the ever-growing fleet of twin-aisle long-haul aircraft now based at Gatwick. Gatwick has partnered with Boeing on the project investing £16 million to prepare the vehicle access and aircraft taxiway systems to the hangar. This brings the total investment in the project to more than £100 million.

Set to support more than 200 jobs at Boeing and its suppliers in the Gatwick region and contribute around £80 million of GVA to the local economy, the investment bolsters the 24,000 airport jobs already supported by Gatwick on site and 85,000 nationally.

More than 65 long-haul routes are now flown from Gatwick, with destinations added in the past year including Buenos Aires, Austin and Chicago across the Americas, Doha in the Middle East and Chengdu and Shanghai in China.

Gatwick’s long-haul routes grew by +20.8% year-on-year in July 2018, with Asian routes up +138%. According to a recent report by Oxford Economics on Gatwick’s impact on the ‘Visitor Economy’, the UK economy receives a £200 million GDP and 4,000-job boost every time more than 100,000 passengers from Asia arrive at Gatwick.

While visiting the Boeing hanger site, Mr Grayling made the most of another new addition to Gatwick – the airport’s Bluecity electric cars. Launched this summer, Bluecity is the only company operating a pan-London 100% electric vehicle sharing service, with over 300 pick-up and drop-off points. Ten cars are based at Gatwick – Bluecity’s only airport hub. The cars produce zero emissions, supporting Gatwick’s own carbon-neutral status. Gatwick is already a carbon-neutral airport and was the first airport to achieve a Zero Waste to Landfill accreditation from the Carbon Trust.

The Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling, said:

“The aviation industry plays a critical role in the UK economy and I welcome Boeing’s decision to make such a significant investment at Gatwick. It is also equally encouraging to see the focus given to sustainable growth as the UK’s second largest airport continues to develop.”

Stewart Wingate, Gatwick’s Chief Executive Officer, said:

“Gatwick’s partnership with Boeing comes at a time when the airport continues to succeed in attracting vital new long haul links for the UK while seeking to grow responsibly. Long haul continues to drive Gatwick’s growth and the rapid expansion of airlines such as Norwegian flying the innovative 787 Dreamliner to many new long haul destinations will only serve to benefit from this state-of-the-art Boeing facility. We’re proud to have it at Gatwick.”

Sir Michael Arthur, President, Boeing Europe and Managing Director, Boeing UK and Ireland, said:

“The new Boeing service hangar is an exceptional piece of infrastructure at the heart of one of the UK’s busiest airports, which will provide our airline customers with world-leading engineering and maintenance. It’s an important investment for Boeing as we grow our aviation services in the UK.”

Crawley Observer – Gatwick Airport

GATCOM member denies claim that group is ‘toothless’
12th September 2018 – Crawley Observer

By Karen Dunn
Local Democracy Reporting Service

phone 01403 751279

A district councillor has hit back at comments she said were aimed at GATCOM, which accused the committee of being ‘toothless’.

GATCOM – the Gatwick Airport Consultative Committee – was set up in the 1980s to advise airport leaders about issues causing concern among air travellers and within the local community.

High on that list has been noise.

Liz Kitchen

Liz Kitchen (Con, Rusper and Colgate), who has served as Horsham District Council’s representative on the committee ‘for more years than [she was] prepared to admit’, spoke during a full council meeting at Parkside on September 5.

Mrs Kitchen said problems with airport noise – and the perception of noise – in the area had seen some anti-noise groups taking aim at GATCOM, even though the committee has no decision-making powers.

While she did not name names, after the meeting Mrs Kitchen said: “There have been comments that GATCOM is a bit spineless because it is made up too much of people working at the airport and not so much local people who are worried about airport noise.

“That’s not, strictly speaking, true because there are many elected members on there from Surrey, West Sussex and East Sussex and two or three parish councils.’

GATCOM meets four times a year – with the next meeting scheduled for 2pm on Thursday October 18 at the South Terminal’s Hilton Hotel.

Among its achievements, the committee was responsible for the launch of NATMAG – the noise and track monitoring advisory group – which brings together local authorities, Gatwick Airport and the Department for Transport to discuss issues such as night engine testing and ground noise complaints.

Mrs Kitchen said: “Over the years GATCOM has done a very good job of helping local residents to understand the industry and helping the industry to understand the local residents.”

Travellers Site at Lower Hollow

8th September 2018

Land At Lower Hollow Copse Copthorne Road Copthorne West Sussex

Proposed change of use of land to residential to form two Sites.

  • Site A – proposed laying out of 10 permanent pitches for the gypsy and traveller community. Erection of a site manager’s office and amenity blocks and laying out of internal roads, parking, and associated drainage works and landscaping.
  • Site B – proposed laying out of 3 permanent pitches for the gypsy and traveller community; associated access roads, drainage works and landscaping.

Single vehicular access to Copthorne Road to serve both sites. Provision of footpath within the highway verge along Copthorne Road.

After undertaking a public consultation Mid Sussex District Council have now published revised planning application for their proposed traveller site.

The full planning application submission is available to view on the Mid Sussex District Council’s planning website and the planning application reference number is: DM/18/3525

Mid Sussex District Council, as the Local Planning Authority will undertake consultation on the planning application; All feedback must now go directly to the Local Planning Authority in response to the planning application consultation.

Date for submissions – Fri 05 Oct 2018

Planning Details used as part of the public consultation

Crawley Observer – Gatwick News

Gatwick responds to CAGNE
22nd August 2018 – Crawley Observer

Letter Page – Gatwick Airport Ltd
phone 01293 845058

[In response to CAGNE’s letter to the Secretary for State Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP on August 13.]

As the UK’s second largest airport, we welcome Coast to Capital’s strategic vision for our region and its recognition of Gatwick as ‘the beating heart of business in the area’.

While we fully acknowledge the airport does bring environmental impacts, the airport works hard to be the best neighbour possible and is therefore disappointed to see CAGNE’s apparent disregard for the positive role the airport plays in our regron.

Gatwick supports thousands of jobs in the local community and makes a significant contribution to both the regional and national economy.

We contribute £2.3bn to the Gatwick Diamond economy alone and last year spent £132.8m with local suppliers. We also support 24,000 jobs on our campus, across 251 businesses, and of these jobs 56 per cent of airport staff live locally with more than 6,000 staff living in Crawley.

Gatwick’s current investment takes account for congestion on local roads and railways, most of which takes place outside of peak periods. DfT and Network Rail’s analysis shows that during morning peak hours Gatwick passengers make up’only five per cent of railway journeys.

Alison Addy Gatwick Airport’s Head of Community Engagement

Our passengers contribute fares throughout the day, not just during rush hour and often travel in the opposite direction to the peak flows.

Further, we invest more than €rm each year in bus services and sustainable travel initiatives to the benefit of local users and also support Crawley Borough Council’s planning policies.

At a time when local authorities have limited funds for capital investment, our investment in infrastructure that equally serves airport and non-airport users is of significant benefits to people living locally.

Gatwick values the good relationships it has with its neighbours and is active in supporting our community. Last year we sponsored more than 40 community events and awarded £300,000 in grants to 66 community projects across Kent, Sussex and Surrey through the Gatwick Foundation Fund.

As well as raising more than €146,000 for our charity partners, our staff are encouraged to yolunteer for local causes.

Of course there is always more to be done, but we hope our neighbours recognise Gatwick’s positive contribution and we will continue to work with Coast to Capital and all our partners to secure a better future for our region.

Alison Addy
Gatwick Airport’s
Head of Community Engagement

phone M 0744 959 3171

Crawley Observer – Gatwick News

Gatwick at the centre of 360 decline
15th August 2018 – Crawley Observer

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

CAGNE, Communities Against Gatwick Noise and Emissions, has today (13th August) written to the Secretary for State Rt Hon Chris Grayling Mp, concerning the unacceptable strategy of prosperity at any price, that’s according to the latest business led report ‘Gatwick 360’ by Coast to Capital Enterprise Partnership.

CAGNE say that the report completely ignores the disastrous impact Gatwick Airport has on the counties of Sussex Surrey and Kent; the decline in the wellbeing of its communities and asks of the Secretary for State for assurance that Gatwick Airport will be restrained.

The areas surrounding Gatwick, according to Coast to Capital Enterprise Partnership, are an ‘area to be known around the world as fantastic places to live, to grow and succeed and for the area to become the most dynamic non-city region in England, centred around a highly successful Gatwick airport.’

And yet the growth of Gatwick, which aims to break the 50m passenger target, takes no account of the lack of infrastructure in the road and rail that is causing the area to grind to a halt and produce a marked decline in air quality.

CAGNE chair Sally Pavey

Business and locals are already suffering the road works on the M23 with the introduction of a ‘smart road’ system which was planned for the natural growth of the area up to 2040 and not for Gatwick’s growth.

In addition much is made of the improvements at East Croydon of the Windmill rail junction but this again was planned for the natural growth of passengers in the south east and not for Gatwick to congest the network with more low cost sun seekers and their luggage.

It is extremely exasperating that leaders, such as Louise Goldsmith of West Sussex County Council, and Rt Hon Greg Clark MP both ignore the impact Gatwick is having on their geographical areas of responsibility with the increases in Gatwick aircraft noise 24 hours a day.

Gatwick causes a maior bottleneck on the rail and road networks and stops the growth and prosperity of other businesses and impacts the wellbeing of residents, voters, who have to suffer the congested roads outside their homes as passengers endeavour to reach Gatwick; parked cars on their verges; the high street can’t compete with the low cost shopping at the Gatwick malls which entice a trapped audience to spend before they leave the UK; and causes maior issues for rail passengers that find the line jam-packed with luggage and sombreros.

The CEO of Gatwick describes it as the growth corridor from London to Brighton’. We would refer to it as the traffic jam corridor of declining air quality, over crowded areas with little in the way of schools, hospitals. affordable housing, lack of staff, and non stop unacceptable levels of noise low aircraft making rural areas of Sussex, Kent and Surrey noise ghettos.

Communities Against Gatwick Noise and Emissions

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