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Gatwick offers £1k compensation to residents affected by second runway

The Argus: Gatwick Airport Gatwick Airport

Around 4,000 households most affected by noise from a possible second runway at Gatwick will get £1,000 towards their council tax, bosses of the West Sussex airport have promised.

The pledge involves annual compensation and is equivalent to Band A council tax.

Gatwick chiefs are pressing hard for an extra runway and such an option is on the shortlist now being considered by the Whitehall-appointed Airports Commission.

Under the leadership of former Financial Services Authority chief Sir Howard Davies, the commission is due to make its final recommendation for a new runway in summer 2015.

Gatwick's chief executive, Stewart Wingate, said: "Expansion at Gatwick would, without doubt, deliver many upsides for our local community in terms of jobs and investment. But we must also recognise the negative noise impacts on local people from more flights.

"Gatwick's location obviously means that comparatively fewer people would be affected by a new runway. However, I believe we must do more to help those that would be affected."

He went on: "How we best compensate communities affected by major infrastructure projects is an issue facing a growing number of sectors - from aviation to energy. Our proposal would see the people most affected by expansion at Gatwick receiving monetary compensation.

"Under the scheme, we are pledging £1,000 towards council tax for qualifying households in the local area, if and when a second runway became operational. Our current estimate is that as many as 4,100 households could qualify for this scheme and so this would provide a real and positive benefit to a significant number of people.

"Environmental issues are at the centre of the debate about runway capacity in the South East and noise reduction, mitigation and compensation are therefore at the heart of our expansion plans. This scheme will be a cornerstone of our planned package of measures for local residents."

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11:06am Mon 10 Mar 14

rogerthefish says...

As airplanes have become quieter over the years and I live near the a259 shouldn't I be entitled to compo, what about that flipping foghorn down the marina they forget to keep turning off!
As airplanes have become quieter over the years and I live near the a259 shouldn't I be entitled to compo, what about that flipping foghorn down the marina they forget to keep turning off! rogerthefish
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12:17pm Mon 10 Mar 14

worthingite says...

Ha ha ha ha ha ha, we have not forgotten the Christmas fiasco, so forget about a second runway,fools!!!!!
Ha ha ha ha ha ha, we have not forgotten the Christmas fiasco, so forget about a second runway,fools!!!!! worthingite
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12:53pm Mon 10 Mar 14

pmhart007 says...

How old is that photo? The north terminal was built in 88. Is that the groundworks on the right?
How old is that photo? The north terminal was built in 88. Is that the groundworks on the right? pmhart007
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