Surveys find residents in favour of new Gatwick runway
4th May 2016 – Crawley News
A POLL has suggested that more local people want Gatwick Airport to get an additional runway rather than Heathrow.
A total of 49 per cent of people surveyed recently in a YouGov poll favoured Gatwick being expanded over Heathrow.
Out of the remaining people who were questioned, 34 per cent favoured Heathrow being expanded and 17 per cent said they weren’t sure.
The data also shows job creation is the issue most people, 55 per cent, associated with Gatwick expansion.
Half of residents said the advantages of expansion outweighed any disadvantages for both them and their family, while 34 per cent disagreed with this.
Gatwick was also selected by 46 per cent as being the best choice for expansion if considering how it would lead to regeneration of the local area, compared to 25 per cent backing Heathrow.
A total of 1,173 adults from Crawley, Mid Sussex, Horsham, Croydon, Mole Valley, Reigate and Banstead, and Tandridge were questioned between March 22 and April 13.
This survey follows one in January 2015 by the Crawley News in which we asked 1,000 Crawley residents picked at random for their views on perhaps the biggest decision in the town’s history.
A total of 493 people (49.3 per cent) gave their support to expansion at Gatwick, compared to only 232 opposing a second runway (23.2 per cent), while the other 275 (27.5 per cent) remained undecided.
The results also revealed that in every single neighbourhood those in favour of Gatwick getting a second runway outnumbered those against it.
We decided to carry out the survey as councillors on Crawley Borough Council were voting on whether to back expansion without having carried out any such opinion poll.
Despite the survey’s findings borough councillors voted to oppose a second runway.
In a free vote, where councillors could vote however they wanted and not along party lines, 25 voted against a second runway being built, while only 11 voted in favour.