Campaigners against the expansion of Gatwick Airport have sent Christmas cards to Prime Minister.
The cards were sent over the weekend to Prime Minister David Cameron, Jeremy Corbyn MP, leader of the Labour Party, and other senior government ministers by members of the Communities Against Gatwick Noise and Emissions (CAGNE).
The cards ask ‘Will it be a Happy Christmas for the residents of Sussex, Surrey and Kent?’
The Government is due to make an announcement on airport expansion in the first two weeks of December and residents are concerned MPs will choose Gatwick over Heathrow to host a second runway.
Residents from Surrey, Crawley, Warnham, Rusper, and other parts of West Sussex, all gathered at the Warnham village post box to mark the sending of the Christmas cards.
Five-year-old Ottilie attended with her dad and on her tippy toes helped to post each card.
Sally Pavey, chair of CAGNE said: “The message in the cards explain why Gatwick should not be expanded and provides them with a copy of the residents film, ‘What does a second runway at Gatwick mean to you?’ so that they can hear, direct from residents, how Gatwick expansion would obliterate what are successful counties at present, as Gatwick brings least into the UK economy but will cost local taxpayers billions, and destroy what are currently attractive rural areas of Sussex, Surrey and Kent.”
On Friday, November 27, a meeting was also held by Horsham MP Jeremy Quin with members of the Gatwick Arrivals Review team.
Mr Quin was joined by Bo Redeborn and Graham Lake, of the Gatwick Arrivals Review team, at Warnham Village Hall and were greeted by dozens residents from across West Sussex and Surrey.
The team answered questions and discussed arrivals and departures from the airport.
Mrs Pavey said: “We were delighted that so many people attended and we were able to discuss with them the changes to arrivals and receive so many new CAGNE members.
“We are also delighted that the CAGNE leaflet, suggesting a way forward for arrivals, is very much along the lines of the review teams thinking, a way to give back dispersal with maximum heights for all.”
A slideshow of the meeting can be viewed at https://slideshare.net/secret/4U1f5GiCTdYiVu
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