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The Gatwick Airport Runway Options Consultation

Gatwick Airport Ltd has produced a 17 page questionnaire about their possible runway options. After considerable pressure they have included a ‘None of these options’ check-box buried in Section D.

Responses to the consultation must be submitted online at click ‘have your say’ this takes you to the questionnaire or you can request a paper response form and post it to: Freepost RSLG ATKL LBAE, Gatwick Runway Consultation, Ipsos MORI – Research Services House, Elmgrove Road, Harrow, HA1 1QG. Capel Parish Council has a limit number of parker copies of the form available from Jackie Coke (details below)

  • Making Gatwick larger than Heathrow is currently will endanger the character of Surrey, Sussex and West Kent for ever.
  • Capel Parish Council will be sending out a flyer entitled ‘Just Say no’ to all households in the Parish listing some suggestions that you may like to use to object to a second runway option at Gatwick.
  • The scale and cost of the infrastructure to support an airport potentially larger than Heathrow would mean a massive change in the character of our area, bringing urbanisation of green fields for many miles around.
  • Approximately 40,000 new houses would be needed around the whole country if a new runway is commissioned by the West Sussex County Council and Gatwick Diamond Initiative.
  • Increased risk of local flooding – the drainage capacity of the river network created by the new developments will impact the Mole Valley.
  • Road and rail infrastructure around the airport. Both are already at breaking point and could not stand the extra pressure caused by the increase in travellers and local residents in the rural network.
  • More pollution leading to possible health problems.
  • Our homes, villages and towns blighted by even more aircraft noise and road traffic.
  • The need for extra school places, hospitals, doctors surgeries to be able to cope with the extra residents.
  • The routing proposed for aircraft will only worsen an already unacceptable prevailing noise nuisance.
  • Grid locket motorways (M25 and M23) leading to more rat runs through our villages.
  • It will certainly spoil our Local Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
  • Listed buildings demolished.
  • Economic benefits would be mainly for new workers moving into the area not for existing residents.

The Parish Council urges residents who have not already attended one of the public exhibitions to do so on Thursday May 1st at the Masonic Hall in Dorking Halls between 4pm and 7:30pm so that they can see for themselves the enormity of what is proposed.

Jackie Coke, Clerk to theĀ Council. Tel 01306-712447, Email capelpc@btconnect.comĀ 


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