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Homeowner fears at Gatwick meeting

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Residents asked how a second runway at Gatwick Airport would affect the price of their homes and plane noise at a drop-in exhibition.

Around 340 people attended the airport’s consultation at Ifield Community College on Wednesday (April 9).

Among the information on offer was compensation news for those whose homes fall within the boundary of land which would be needed to accommodate a new runway.

To counter any fall in house prices, should a second runway be approved, compensation would be made available through Gatwick’s Property Market Support Bond before any work started.

One resident, from Ifield West, said the meeting had prompted him to considering selling his house.

He said:“I believe it will be built and this is all a facade. I learnt about the bond scheme and would consider moving or selling house.”

Delphine Laurencin, 32, Climping Road, Ifield, said: “I’m worried about how it will affect house prices because I’m thinking of selling in a few years.”

Alan Stevens, 34, and Emma Salvano, 37, of Stafford Road, Langley Green, attended to sign a petition against building the new runway.

Mr Stevens said: “It will affect us majorly. We are the cut-off where we won’t get any allowance for compulsory buying or compensation.”

There were also concerns about plans to divert the River Mole should the second runway get the go ahead.

Valerie Darnley, 58, of Burlands, Langley Green, said: “My insurance will be loaded because of the flood risk after they alter the River Mole flow.”

Construction project manager Alan Sillitto, who represented Gatwick at the meeting, said a “vast cross-section” of the community had attended.

There were mixed opinions about the effect a second runway would have on Crawley.

Airport worker Colin Sanders, 32, of Slinfold Walk, Ifield, said the expansion would help his future prospects.

But Derek Meakings, 65, of Pound Hill, a member of anti-Gatwick expansion group One’s Enough, said: “Gatwick’s saying it’s going to be great for Crawley but it’s not – it’s going to be great for the airport.”

 

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