A couple of hundred people at Gatwick meeting in Crowborough

Nus Ghani Wealden MP has thanked the residents who attended a public meeting at which constituents were able to question the leaders of the independent review of air traffic around Gatwick Airport.

Gatwick meetingIn response to complaints about noise by some local residents, Gatwick has commissioned an independent review of the flight paths taken by arrivals.

The review is being led by Bo Redeborn who was previously Principal Director of Air Traffic Management at EUROCONTROL, the pan-European air traffic management organisation.

After the former MP Sir John Major stepped into the row earlier this year, Sir Roy McNulty Chairman of Gatwick said they were willing to look again at the policy which resulted in complaints from householders living under the flight path.

Mr Redeborn is being assisted by a small independent review team which has been tasked with ensuring the involvement of the local communities most affected.  The stated aims of the review are to consider whether:

  1. Everything that can reasonably be done to alleviate the problems which local communities are raising is in fact being done, whether this involves action by the airport or by other parties most closely involved – NATS, CAA, DfT or the airlines; and;
  2. The approaches which Gatwick has adopted for providing information to the local community and for handling complaints are fully adequate for the task.

At the meeting at All Saints Church in Crowborough on Friday evening (23rd October), Nus was joined by Mr Redeborn and Graham Lake, Technical Adviser to the review team.  They had both kindly agreed to meet with her constituents and hear their concerns.

Nus said:

A huge number of my constituents feel very strongly that Gatwick Airport has not been doing enough to respond to their concerns about noise pollution.  They are also clear that changes can be made to alleviate the disturbance they face, while making sure that Gatwick remains a vital economic resource for East Sussex.

That’s why I asked Bo and Graham to join me for this public meeting, which I’m very grateful to them for doing.  Hundreds of consultation forms were filled in, which I hope will inform the conclusions of this independent review so that we can reach a mutually beneficial solution for all concerned.

Those who were unable to make the meeting shouldn’t feel that their voices are going unheard. I’ve posted the consultation form on my website, so anyone who wants to have their say should send it to me by Friday 30 October and I will pass their feedback on to the review team.

To submit your views about Gatwick Airport to Nus Ghani MP download a copy of the consultation form: Gatwick Feedback Form.  Nus Ghani’s email address is: nusrat.ghani.mp@parliament.uk.

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