More than 100 people met at Crawley Civic Hall to share their concerns about the possibility of expansion at Gatwick Airport.
A public meeting organised by campaign group One’s Enough was held last night (Thursday July 24) and discussed the implications for Crawley should Gatwick be chosen to accommodate a second runway.
Doubts were raised about a list of community pledges unveiled by Gatwick Airport, including £10million for additional road improvements.
Peter Barclay, of the Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign, called the figure “unbelievable, almost insulting” when put against the work which would be needed.
As part of its pledges, though, Gatwick said it would fully fund any road improvements such as the M23 Junction 9 and the diversion of the A23.
Noise pollution, air quality and the loss of huge areas of land were high on people’s list of worries.
David Broadhead, of Pound Hill, questioned how Gatwick had come up with its results when it came to measuring noise levels in the area.
He added: “I’m not sure these people haven’t taken their readings when the wind was in their favour.
“Can you imagine living 500 metres from the threshold of Gatwick?”
One’s Enough founder member Brenda Smith said: “Really what we want to do is to raise the profile of the result of a second runway to Crawley.
“It may seem some way off but it would be too late to start later than now raising the issue in the town so people can be aware where we are and come to a decision as to whether they think it’s the right thing for Crawley.”
She added: “To tell us we’re not going to be affected and it’s not going to make much difference is totally untrue.”
To find out more about One’s Enough, log on to Facebook, email OnesEnough2014@outlook.com or call 07758 184680.
For a full report, see Wednesday’s Crawley Observer.