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Expansion at Gatwick would be a Disaster

Charles Hendry MP for Wealden thinks a second Runway at Gatwick airport would be a disaster for local communities.

Mr Hendry is among other local MP who have formed the Gatwick Coodination Group.  Other Members of Parliament in the Group are Crispin Blunt (Reigate), Sir Paul Beresford (Mole Valley), Rt Hon Sir Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex) and Rt Hon Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge and Malling).

Charles Hendry MP

Charles Hendry MP

The Gatwick Coordination Group is established to represent the serious local concern at the plan for a second runway at Gatwick Airport which has been shortlisted by the Davies Commission.

Gatwick Airport Limited (GAL) has made its submission to Sir Howard Davies, which is yet to be published.  Sir Howard’s Commission will make its recommendation on airport capacity to the Government after the next election in 2015.

Charles Hendry is retiring and Nus Ghani is the prospective Conservative candidate for Wealden.  It is not currently known whether Nus Ghani shares the same option as Charles Hendry on airport expansion.

The Gatwick Coordination Group released the following statement:

We believe that the building of a second runway at Gatwick airport would be a disaster for the surrounding communities and environment. The level of development, associated with an airport serving nearly three times as many passengers as it does now, would devastate the local environment and leave the UK with its major airport in the wrong place.

There is also no adequate plan yet presented to provide the necessary infrastructure, of all types, to support this development.

The size of the Gatwick site only lends itself to a single runway airport, serving as a sensible, competitive alternate to London’s main hub airport. While they pursue that objective, Gatwick Airport Limited will have our support, but this proposal is not in the local interest, nor is it in the national interest, and this group will work to prove that case.

See previous article about East Sussex County Council backing Gatwick’s proposals for a second runway.

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