Crawley Observer – Gatwick News

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

Contact details:


Annual General Meeting 2018

20th Annual General Meeting

Notice is hereby given that the Twentieth Annual General Meeting of PH(N)RA will be held on Tuesday 11th September 2018, in the Main Hall, Crawley United Reformed Church, Worth Park Ave, commencing at 7.30pm

Please note the change of venue.

Due to limited parking at this location, members are advised to arrive early or consider alternative transport arrangements

Refreshments will be served before the meeting.

  1. Apologies received
  2. Chairman’s report
  3. Minutes of the 2017 AGM
  4. Matters arising
  5. Election of Officers and Committee Members
    1. Chairman
    2. Vice-Chairman
    3. Secretary
    4. Treasurer
    5. (and up to) 8 other committee members
  6. Treasurer’s Report
  7. Election of Auditor for the year commencing 1st August 2018
  8. Potential presentation from Crawley Police in regards to their Drug Awareness campaign (waiting for confirmation)
  9. Any Other Business

If you are a member please make every effort to attend.

We look forward to seeing you on the 11th September.

Kevan McCarthy


Please note: – the Annual General Meeting is for Members Only,
non-members will be able to join on the night and then attend the meeting.

Crawley Observer – Gatwick News

Reaction to Gatwick ‘Noise Footprint’ News
1st August 2018 – Crawley Observer

By Tim Harris
phone 01403 751200

Gatwick Airport has welcomed news that it’s ‘noise footprint, is shrinking, though protest group CAGNE say the report does not tell the full story.

The Civil Aviation Authority report says the number of residents experiencing an Leq of more than 52dB fell from 12,300 in 1997, to 4,800 in 2007 and 3,400 in 2017.

Leq, or equivalent continuous sound level, is a way to describe sound levels which vary over time. Government policy considers an Leq of 57dB to be the point at which aircraft noise causes significant annoyance. Most Gatwick flights are by Airbus A320, almost all of which have now been modified to be quieter on their approach to landing.

Andy sinclair, Gatwick’s Head of Airspace, said: “The reduced noise footprint is welcome and demonstrates encouraging progress but we also recognise that noise continues to be an issue for local residents and we will push on with our challenge to reduce noise further.

“Some of the work we are progressing will deliver further improvements over both the short and longer term. This includes the large scale redesign of London and Gatwick’s airspace, which has the potential to reduce noise from the airport further still.”

However, a response from Communities Against Gatwick Noise and Emissions (CAGNE) said many of the people affected by noise are outside the 57dB ‘noise footprint’ and are still being affected.

“The problem with the CAA report is that they worked on an average of noise (16 hour daytime and eight hour night over 2017 summer),” it says. “Residents awaken at night or unable to use the garden during the day due to aircraft noise, do not hear noise in an average way, they hear noise as significant events whilst endeavouring to enjoy their desired tranquility.

“Areas of Sussex, Kent and Surrey, outside of the footprint, report they are significantly affected by aircraft noise but are not included in the footprint as they reside outside of the LOAEL (Government noise metric of Lowest Observed Adverse Effect Level) and noise contours.

“It is true that planes are quieter, but the frequency by which they are flown has dramatically increased and this is having a significant impact on residents as is the lack of ‘best practice’ to how planes are flown to reduce noise by airlines.

“The CAA report details an increase of aircraft movements of 780.8 for 2017, a 1 per cent increase on 770.6 in 2016 during an average day of 16-hours, and an increase of 1 per cent from 2016 to 127.1 aircraft movements for eight hour average at night.

Gatwick detail why the noise footprint has shrunk, but CAGNE would point out the following: It took residents many years of letter writing to EasyJet and Gatwick to have the A320 retro fitted do reduce the noise.

“This acclimatising with the formation of the Gatwick Arrival Review that formed the Noise Management Board and had the retro fit as an activity to be undertaken.

“The final agreement by EasyJet, and other airlines, to retrofit to reduce noise on arrivals and departures has to be welcomed.

“Another factor that could illustrate why the population impacted by Gatwick has reduced is that Gatwick introduced concentrated flight paths on all departure routes in 2014 that has caused huge increases in noise complaints even though Gatwick has removed the complaint email address and phone line.

Prior to 2014 communities had accepted dispersed flight paths, sharing the burden of Gatwick’s 24/7 noise activities, but with the introduction of concentration on departures (PRNAV for modernisation of airspace) comes single carriageway motorways above peoples homes which are unbearable especially as Gatwick continues to push for growth.

“Noise complaints continue to grow In 24,658 for 2017 from 17,715 for 2016, significant increases from years when the aviation industry describes planes as ‘very noisy’ (4,791 in 2006).

“The Noise Management Board is made up of predominantly community groups concerned with noise outside of the noise contours, illustrating that the footprint may be seen to have shrunk in an average way, but not according to residents of Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

“This month Gatwick management were asked to meet with the Aviation Minister and local MPs due to the significant increases in Gatwick’s noise impacting those that have no reprieve from aircraft noise and those that are not recognised as being significantly affected by aircraft noise.

‘CAGNE would like to see Gatwick address the totality of noise some communities are expected to tolerate with no respite in a fair and equitable way and produce noise metrics that actually calculate what residents actually experience in the way of noise and duly offer them true compensation for loss of wellbeing.”

For the 2017 CAA report, visit: LGW 2017 Annual Contours Report.pdf

Crawley Salaam Charity Funday

A message from Kathryn Brooks
West Sussex County Council

Crawley Salaam Charity Funday

Sunday 12th August 2018
11am to 7pm

Charry Lane Playing Fields
Langley Green, Crawley, RH11 7NX

for more information and stall booking

Mobile: phone 07950 743779 | phone 07877 836735

E-mail: email

Kath Brooks | Community Officer
Community Operations
Communities and Public Protection
West Sussex County Council
County Hall North, Chart Way, Horsham, RH12 1XH
Internal: phone 25397 | External: phone 0330 222 5397 |
E-mail: email


Crawley Observer – Gatwick News

MP urges Gatwick to reduce noise
25th July 2018 – Crawley Observer


By Staff Reporter
phone 01403 751200

An MP urged Gatwick Airport to take more account of complaints about aircraft noise, at a meeting in Parliament.

Nick Herbert, MP for Arundel and the South Downs met the Aviation Minister Baroness Sugg and Gatwick’s chief executive, Stewart Wingate, along with representatives of the Civil Aviation Authority, the National Air Traffic Service, and a group of MPs whose constituents are affected by noise from Gatwick air traffic.

The MP raised concerns on behalf of local communities who had complained about aircraft noise. He called for ‘more engagement and serious attempts at noise mitigation’.

Earlier this month community noise groups wrote to Gatwick Airport’s deputy chairman and chief executive to say that they had ‘lost confidence in the ability of the Noise Management Board, as currently constituted and led, to deliver positive and timely change in the noise environment around Gatwick’.

A statement from Nick Herbert’s office said: ‘At the meeting in Parliament, MPs echoed this view, arguing that the current system of leaving Gatwick Airport to monitor noise issues w€as failing communities. The Minister agreed that more needed to be done to lessen the impact on local communities, and she pmmised a follow-up letter to MPs to outline the new actions being taken by the Government.

“She said that community groups should engage with the Government’s policy on airspace modernisation and its new Aviation Strategy, which is currently under development.

“The Government is committed to ensure sufficient airport capacity to meet future demand, but believes that’advances in technology, for example reducing the need for stacking, can reduce the amount of noise on the ground. The Government has also said that people who live near airports should have a greater say in the changes which affect them.”

Andy Sinclair, head of Airspace Strategy and Engagement, Gatwick Airport, said “We recognise that noise from aircraft has an impact on local communities and we will continue to do everything we can and listen to feedback to help improve the lives of people affected by noise.

“The CAA recently confirmed that Gatwick’s noise footprint has shrunk largely thanks to an Noise Management Board initiative to modify the A320 family of aircraft so they make less noise.

Another NMB initiative also recently changed where some aircraft start their final approach to the runway, which reduced the previous concentration of noise and dispersed them in a more fair and equitable way.

“A range of other NMB initiatives with the potential to reduce noise even further are also in progress and we look forward to discussing how these can be progressed, including with locally elected representatives and community groups, in the near future.”