Hundreds queue to have say on the future of Gatwick Airport

Hundreds of people queued to have their say on Gatwick Airport’s second runway bid.

Around 800 people attended a public consultation exhibition at The Hawth on Saturday (April 5).

jpco 9-4-14 Gatwick exhibition on second runway (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-140704-125847001

jpco 9-4-14 Gatwick exhibition on second runway (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-140704-125847001

The six week consultation, which started on April 4, has asked residents to comment online, by post or in person at one of 16 public exhibitions.

People at the Hawth were provided with details of the three options for the creation of a second runway and given the chance to make comments.

A cross-party anti-second runway campaign group called ‘One’s Enough’ which originally formed in 2003, has been resurrected.

The group has 15 core members including Labour councillor Brenda Smith and Conservative councillors Keith and Sally Blake.

Cllr Sally Blake said there was not enough information given to determine how the infrastructure would affect the town.

She added: “We are already building up to our boundaries with no room for new homes for the families on our housing list.

“Noise and air quality pollution is another major factor with current levels in excess of EU guidelines at peak periods.”

Cllr Smith said: “Our roads are falling apart now, and congestion and bottlenecks are obvious every day as people travel to work in or through our borough.

“Schools GP’s and hospital provision would all need to be considerably increased.”

Stewart Wingate, CEO of Gatwick Airport, said: “We are keen to encourage as many local people as possible to respond to our consultation as this feedback will have a key role in helping us to refine our runway proposals.”

Gatwick will use the responses to this consultation to refine its plans and conclude which option it prefers.

Gatwick will then ask the Airports Commission to take that option forward for further consideration as part of its evaluation process and subsequent advice to the Government in the summer of 2015.

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