Gatwick runway dossier left on train

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A SECRET Gatwick dossier detailing how to win over decision makers for expansion plans was left on a train.

The document, which was sent to a Sunday newspaper, includes plans to draw up “target lists” of key politicians and decision makers who could sway the decision in their favour.

The plans seek to influence the Airports Commission, which will submit its recommendations to government next year as to how the UK can maintain its global airport hub status.

The three leading proposals are a second runway at Gatwick, a third runway at Heathrow or the creation of a new airport in the Thames Estuary.

The secret dossier says Gatwick should target around 100 “gold tier” people with the most influence on the commission.

The plans reveal how Gatwick executives will try to win over gold targets as well as getting onside their close advisors, known as the “silver tier”.

The dossier states that one so-called target, former CIA analyst Dame DeAnne Julius, is backing Gatwick’s case.

The dossier also states the intention to “neutralise the prevailing default bias in favour of Heathrow”.

It mentions a secret noise study aimed at undermining Heathrow’s claim that fewer people would suffer from aircraft noise if a third runway was built there.

Heathrow states the number of people “significantly annoyed” by aircraft noise would drop from 237,350 to between 187,000 and 202,900 due to quieter aircraft and steeper landing approaches.

In the dossier, Gatwick describes the figures as “disingenuous”. It also reveals bosses commissioned the Civil Aviation Authority to model the noise impact of their rival’s potential third runway.

Gatwick’s campaign is overseen by Godric Smith, a former spin doctor to Tony Blair. A Gatwick spokeswoman said: “We want as many people as possible to understand our case. We are playing catch up with Heathrow’s decades of lobbying for a third runway.”

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7:53am Mon 11 Aug 14

rogerthefish says...

Aircraft have become so much quieter in the last generation, I don't know what people are complaining about-another case of nimbys.
Aircraft have become so much quieter in the last generation, I don't know what people are complaining about-another case of nimbys. rogerthefish
  • Score: 2

8:06am Mon 11 Aug 14

9 of us says...

Best left on a train.
2nd runway at Gatwich - No chance
A27 Worthing by-pass - No chance
Buying a £5m winning lottery ticket - Slim
Best left on a train. 2nd runway at Gatwich - No chance A27 Worthing by-pass - No chance Buying a £5m winning lottery ticket - Slim 9 of us
  • Score: 11

8:52am Mon 11 Aug 14

whatone says...

So will those 100 or so 'gold tier' people still expect a 'sweetener' now that the document is no longer a 'secret'?
So will those 100 or so 'gold tier' people still expect a 'sweetener' now that the document is no longer a 'secret'? whatone
  • Score: 5

11:44am Mon 11 Aug 14

stir up says...

None of the contents surprise me, when the new terminal at Heathrow was out for consultation a presentation was make to the councillors of Bucks County Council, this contained several statements that when questioned were pushed to one side and statements were make and statistics used mainly using percentages as opposed to numbers. When these % were worked out to actual traffic numbers it showed that the presenters from the airport team had thought they were dealing with country bumpkins and were upset to find that the councillors were well aware that they were fudge ing the data. They were also asked to categorically state that there was no plan for a third runway again they did not like this question and declined to give an answer but trued to imply that of course this did not mean a third runway was in their future plans.
None of the contents surprise me, when the new terminal at Heathrow was out for consultation a presentation was make to the councillors of Bucks County Council, this contained several statements that when questioned were pushed to one side and statements were make and statistics used mainly using percentages as opposed to numbers. When these % were worked out to actual traffic numbers it showed that the presenters from the airport team had thought they were dealing with country bumpkins and were upset to find that the councillors were well aware that they were fudge ing the data. They were also asked to categorically state that there was no plan for a third runway again they did not like this question and declined to give an answer but trued to imply that of course this did not mean a third runway was in their future plans. stir up
  • Score: 3

12:09pm Mon 11 Aug 14

stevo!! says...

rogerthefish wrote:
Aircraft have become so much quieter in the last generation, I don't know what people are complaining about-another case of nimbys.
How about complaining about the loss of yet more countryside?
[quote][p][bold]rogerthefish[/bold] wrote: Aircraft have become so much quieter in the last generation, I don't know what people are complaining about-another case of nimbys.[/p][/quote]How about complaining about the loss of yet more countryside? stevo!!
  • Score: -2

1:37pm Mon 11 Aug 14

BenUk says...

Government are corrupt all over the world. all a bunch of gangsters.
Government are corrupt all over the world. all a bunch of gangsters. BenUk
  • Score: 2

1:53pm Mon 11 Aug 14

theargusissoinformative says...

9 of us wrote:
Best left on a train.
2nd runway at Gatwich - No chance
A27 Worthing by-pass - No chance
Buying a £5m winning lottery ticket - Slim
Bit premature this. I'm thinking of your second comment about the A27. The south coast constituencies might just be turning marginal. The Government are announcing in December which new roads they are going to build, from this shortlist: A303, A27, A1 in the north east, Leeds/Bradford Airport area, and routes from Sheffield to Manchester. Which do you think they'll build/not build?
[quote][p][bold]9 of us[/bold] wrote: Best left on a train. 2nd runway at Gatwich - No chance A27 Worthing by-pass - No chance Buying a £5m winning lottery ticket - Slim[/p][/quote]Bit premature this. I'm thinking of your second comment about the A27. The south coast constituencies might just be turning marginal. The Government are announcing in December which new roads they are going to build, from this shortlist: A303, A27, A1 in the north east, Leeds/Bradford Airport area, and routes from Sheffield to Manchester. Which do you think they'll build/not build? theargusissoinformative
  • Score: 0

1:54pm Mon 11 Aug 14

theargusissoinformative says...

BenUk wrote:
Government are corrupt all over the world. all a bunch of gangsters.
Please explain how this is corruption?
[quote][p][bold]BenUk[/bold] wrote: Government are corrupt all over the world. all a bunch of gangsters.[/p][/quote]Please explain how this is corruption? theargusissoinformative
  • Score: 0

2:59pm Mon 11 Aug 14

DoYouCareGatwick says...

Shows what communities are truly up against. Gatwick ignored the 6,000 plus people who said no to any runway options and now they use money to influence those we elected to represent us. Wake up councillors until it's too late. They'll build a runway but then they'll be gone and we will be left to find money for infrastructure through our taxes
Shows what communities are truly up against. Gatwick ignored the 6,000 plus people who said no to any runway options and now they use money to influence those we elected to represent us. Wake up councillors until it's too late. They'll build a runway but then they'll be gone and we will be left to find money for infrastructure through our taxes DoYouCareGatwick
  • Score: 1

5:12pm Mon 11 Aug 14

theargusissoinformative says...

DoYouCareGatwick wrote:
Shows what communities are truly up against. Gatwick ignored the 6,000 plus people who said no to any runway options and now they use money to influence those we elected to represent us. Wake up councillors until it's too late. They'll build a runway but then they'll be gone and we will be left to find money for infrastructure through our taxes
Infrastructure generates the means to go about making profits, which generates growth. You wouldn't happen to live close to Gatwick and be worried about the price of your house would you? And you wouldn't use Gatwick (or Luton or Heathrow) to go on holiday either, would you?
[quote][p][bold]DoYouCareGatwick[/bold] wrote: Shows what communities are truly up against. Gatwick ignored the 6,000 plus people who said no to any runway options and now they use money to influence those we elected to represent us. Wake up councillors until it's too late. They'll build a runway but then they'll be gone and we will be left to find money for infrastructure through our taxes[/p][/quote]Infrastructure generates the means to go about making profits, which generates growth. You wouldn't happen to live close to Gatwick and be worried about the price of your house would you? And you wouldn't use Gatwick (or Luton or Heathrow) to go on holiday either, would you? theargusissoinformative
  • Score: 1

11:57pm Mon 11 Aug 14

ghost bus driver says...

BenUk wrote:
Government are corrupt all over the world. all a bunch of gangsters.
Unfortulately, this is true.

We should both now expect a visit from the Mafia.
[quote][p][bold]BenUk[/bold] wrote: Government are corrupt all over the world. all a bunch of gangsters.[/p][/quote]Unfortulately, this is true. We should both now expect a visit from the Mafia. ghost bus driver
  • Score: 0

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