Council made a survey on chances of having a second runway at Gatwick Airport

Posted on 27. Aug, 2013 by in News

West Sussex County Council and Crawley Borough Council recently conducted a survey on the views and opinions of the residents about the chances of having a second runway at Gatwick Airport.

The possibility of having a second runway at Gatwick has long been discussed, and since the 1979 planning agreement ruling of no second runway be built before 2019 is nearly approaching, most likely, a probable meeting for some aviation capacity needs at Gatwick are being considered.

Councillors will talk about this second runway possibility at a special meeting of the Full Council on September 26 at the Town Hall.

Before the said meeting, the council made a short survey expressing the views of the 1,000 residents and 621 businesses. The result of the survey can be found on the website of the Attitudes to Air Travel on the West Sussex County Council.

Acting Leader of the Council and Cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development, Cllr Claire Denman, said: “The Aviation Commission wants us to put forward our views on expansion at Gatwick and it’s really important we do this.

“Although the final decision is with central government, comments we make or evidence we provide could have an impact on decisions they take.

“But for us, the most important thing is making the right decision for the town and fairly representing the views of the people who have elected us to speak for them.

“We can only do this if people tell us, so please take a few minutes to fill out the survey and help us represent you.”

For those who do not have the internet, paper copies of the Gatwick consultation questionnaire are offered from the Town Hall. You can also view the survey from the free computer at the Town Hall reception.

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