Campaigners criticise Gatwick’s second runway consultations

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Cllr Brenda Smith ENGSUS00120120522104907

Campaigners opposed to a second runway at Gatwick Airport said its public consultations missed out key information about traffic management and plane noise.

Some 340 people attended the airport’s exhibition of its three options for a second runway, in Ifield Community College on Wednesday (April 9).

Derek Meakings, 65, of Pound Hill, core member of anti-Gatwick expansion group One’s Enough, said information about plane noise, flight path predictions and air pollution was missing or poorly displayed at the exhibition.

Plane noise contour charts were placed on tables at the event.

Mr Meakings said: “These [noise] charts are difficult to interpret in A3 format even if you have a magnifying glass and time to think about what you are seeing.

“These charts should have been displayed on presentation stands and had knowledgeable Gatwick Airport Limited staff to explain the contours and all aspects of noise measurements and impacts.”

Fellow campaigner Cllr Brenda Smith (Lab, Langley Green), said: “It’s showing us what they want us to see but doesn’t show the real extent of the encroachment to Crawley.

“There are no infrastructure plans here, and how they would manage traffic and the roads.

“We’re already congested and up to limits everyday and there’s nothing here about that.”

A spokesman for the airport said the consultation’s focus was the presentation of the three runway options.

The airport displayed them on boards and placed supporting documents, including information about plane noise, on tables at the meeting.

Some 10 airport staff represented the airport at the event.

The spokesman said: “The exhibitions aim to provide an overview of the proposals for a second runway.

“We would urge anyone who would like to know more to review the full consultation document and contact our consultation queries team if they need any assistance.”

For the consultation document, visit

Hundreds attend Gatwick events

Around 1,800 people attended Gatwick Airport’s four exhibitions of its second runway plans in and around Crawley and Horley.

Nearly 700 attended the first consultation at The Hawth on April 5. Another 340 attended in Ifield on Wednesday (April 9).

Around 360 went to the consultations in Rusper and Smallfield, near Horley.