Have your say on second Gatwick runway

Have your say on second Gatwick runway

Have your say on second Gatwick runway

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Gatwick is giving the public a chance to speak out on plans for a second runway.

Sussex residents and businesses will be sent letters inviting them to have their say on the plans from next week.

The airport is considering three possible options for expansion - all including a new 3.4km runway. 

The preferred layout would see the new located 1,045m south of the existing runway, with both runways used for take-offs and landings.

The other options include using one runway just for landings and the other just for take-offs, or building the runway 585m south of the existing runway.

The six-week consultation and public exhibitions will begin on April 4 and the responses will be used to form the airport’s applica-tion to the Airports Commission.

Gatwick CEO Stewart Wingate said: “The views of the local community are an essential element in shaping Gatwick’s second runway options.

“Therefore it is important we hear from as many people as possible through our consultation
so that we can consider local opinions fully in our refined runway proposals.”

A report published this week by the Aviation Environment Federation found that a new runway at Gatwick could mean an increase in airport charges from £8 to £33.60 per passenger per flight.

The rise in landing fees, aircraft parking charges etc was calculated based on an estimate from the Airports Commission that the new Gatwick runway could cost between £10 billion and £13 billion.

The report found that the rising cost at Heathrow would be from £19 to £31 per passenger.

The report’s author and chairman of the Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign, Brendon Sewill, said: “Gatwick often claims that a new runway would be cheaper than one at Heathrow. But what they do not mention is that the cost would need to be borne by roughly half as many passengers.

“£50 extra on a return flight might well cause passengers and airlines to choose to use Stansted instead which is relatively empty.”

Meanwhile residents in Warnham have been complaining about the noise of planes during a trial of a new flight path over their homes.

Lesley Taylor, who was disturbed by aircraft noise from 6am on Sunday, said: “I’m tired of the noise, tired of our peace being shattered by the decision to run a six-month new flight path trial without any consultation with those affected by it.

"This used to be a special place to live, a place where one felt blessed to be a resident. Not any more.

“I shudder to imagine what it will be like living here in the peak holiday season if the decision becomes a permanent one.”

 

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8:13am Tue 18 Mar 14

worthingite says...

After the Christmas showdown/debacle, how on earth could they get one, snow,floods and fog, soon it will be leaves on the runway. Wake up Gatwick you have blown any chance of getting it!
After the Christmas showdown/debacle, how on earth could they get one, snow,floods and fog, soon it will be leaves on the runway. Wake up Gatwick you have blown any chance of getting it! worthingite
  • Score: -14

8:14am Tue 18 Mar 14

worthingite says...

Any charging to pick up people with aggressive staff, no hope!
Any charging to pick up people with aggressive staff, no hope! worthingite
  • Score: -8

9:21am Tue 18 Mar 14

Ohnotagain ! says...

worthingite wrote:
After the Christmas showdown/debacle, how on earth could they get one, snow,floods and fog, soon it will be leaves on the runway. Wake up Gatwick you have blown any chance of getting it!
What a Wally.
[quote][p][bold]worthingite[/bold] wrote: After the Christmas showdown/debacle, how on earth could they get one, snow,floods and fog, soon it will be leaves on the runway. Wake up Gatwick you have blown any chance of getting it![/p][/quote]What a Wally. Ohnotagain !
  • Score: 7

9:50am Tue 18 Mar 14

angrymonkey says...

The area will need this for jobs with all the new homes to be built and a new town near Brighton being looked at . i'm all for it as nice having a airport so near to get away but sure the tree hugging greens that want people to have no life and not to see the world will kick off about it .
The area will need this for jobs with all the new homes to be built and a new town near Brighton being looked at . i'm all for it as nice having a airport so near to get away but sure the tree hugging greens that want people to have no life and not to see the world will kick off about it . angrymonkey
  • Score: 11

9:58am Tue 18 Mar 14

pwlr1966 says...

2nd runway, yes please
2nd runway, yes please pwlr1966
  • Score: 12

10:37am Tue 18 Mar 14

Joshiman says...

Yes please love Gatwick..Hate Heathrow.
Yes please love Gatwick..Hate Heathrow. Joshiman
  • Score: 10

12:02pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Richada says...

The economic reality of this makes a second runway pretty much unstoppable. Better that the extra jobs and knock-on prosperity come here to Sussex. rather than elsewhere, particularly the Thames Estuary where staff would have to travel considerable distances to work and there is very little existing infrastructure in place.

Gatwick is a large employer offering many high quality, skilled, jobs which has a big impact on the fortunes of Brighton & Hove as well as Sussex and Surrey..

Whilst many will point to the environmental impact of building a second runway, this will be partially offset by ever quieter and more efficient - hence less polluting - aircraft, the development of which is coming along in leaps and bounds.
The economic reality of this makes a second runway pretty much unstoppable. Better that the extra jobs and knock-on prosperity come here to Sussex. rather than elsewhere, particularly the Thames Estuary where staff would have to travel considerable distances to work and there is very little existing infrastructure in place. Gatwick is a large employer offering many high quality, skilled, jobs which has a big impact on the fortunes of Brighton & Hove as well as Sussex and Surrey.. Whilst many will point to the environmental impact of building a second runway, this will be partially offset by ever quieter and more efficient - hence less polluting - aircraft, the development of which is coming along in leaps and bounds. Richada
  • Score: 6

1:21pm Tue 18 Mar 14

rogerthefish says...

Airplanes are a lot quieter than they used to be so yes please!
Airplanes are a lot quieter than they used to be so yes please! rogerthefish
  • Score: 4

1:28pm Tue 18 Mar 14

PetertheGrate says...

pwlr1966 wrote:
2nd runway, yes please
It will be a useful place to park all those redundant aircraft when the oil finally runs out.
[quote][p][bold]pwlr1966[/bold] wrote: 2nd runway, yes please[/p][/quote]It will be a useful place to park all those redundant aircraft when the oil finally runs out. PetertheGrate
  • Score: -3

1:54pm Tue 18 Mar 14

cynic_the says...

I'm all for a second runway in principle, but can the parking facilities, M23 / A23, and most of all the London-Brighton rail line really cope?

Or will they massively increase the volume of flights and passengers, and THEN start thinking about the local infrastructure?
I'm all for a second runway in principle, but can the parking facilities, M23 / A23, and most of all the London-Brighton rail line really cope? Or will they massively increase the volume of flights and passengers, and THEN start thinking about the local infrastructure? cynic_the
  • Score: 1

2:12pm Tue 18 Mar 14

dead by dawn says...

yes please
yes please dead by dawn
  • Score: 2

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