Council opposes second runway


East Grinstead Town Council has added its name to the list of councils opposing Gatwick expansion.

The Airports Commission’s consultation on proposals to expand Heathrow or Gatwick airports closed on February 4.

The commission will submit a recommendation for one of the three shortlisted options to the Government in the summer.

The leader of East Grinstead Council, Rex Whittaker wrote to the chair of the commission, Sir Howard Davies, to state its opposition. His letter stated: “At this stage it would appear to this Council that the Commission has; underestimated the potential negative impact on a beautiful, natural, mostly rural area; underestimated the costs needed to bring this option to Gatwick in local infrastructure; and over-estimated the economic benefits.”

Crawley Borough Council and West Sussex County Council have stated their opposition to the proposed runway.

East Sussex County Council has voted to support it.

A spokesman for Gatwick Airport said: “Gatwick can deliver its second runway without the massive environmental damage which has stopped Heathrow expansion time and time again.”