Crawley councillors have decided not to commit to a decision on the building of a second runway at Gatwick due to a lack of information.
A lengthy debate at the town hall last night (Thursday September 26) involving all 37 ward councillors, led to an open vote on three options.
A majority of 22-14 voted for the second of the options which stated the council would “Not to express a view on a second runway at Gatwick Airport at this current time until more information, especially on environmental impacts, is available as part of the next stage of the work of the Airports Commission.
“As the scale of the impact of a second runway is not fully understood at present, this will enable the environmental implications to be fully considered alongside the economic benefits in light of a wider set of available information”.
Cllr Bob Lanzer, Cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development, said: “This is a difficult decision to make, it’s not as simple as saying Crawley doesn’t want a second runway because of the environmental impact or it does because it will support the economy; there’s a lot to consider and a lot of ‘what ifs’.
“In the end the majority of councillors felt there wasn’t enough evidence to make a fully informed decision; we’re still awaiting detailed analysis on pollution, jobs and housing for example.”
See Wednesday’s Observer for a full report.