Master Plan Questionnaire – November 2018
QUESTION 1. Given the above, to what extent, if at all, do you support or oppose the principle of growing Gatwick by making best use of existing runways in line with Government policy? Before answering, you will find it useful to read Chapters 4 and 5 in the full version of the draft masterplan.
- Strongly oppose
QUESTION 2. Please explain your view in Q1.
- Flight frequency will increase creating major noise issues for communities already stressed by current noise levels
- Claims of reduced aircraft noise in the future are unsubstantiated
- Any benefit from quieter aircraft is likely to be outweighed by increased flight frequency
- Additional airport capacity will create greater traffic concentration, increasing the noise burden on and journey times of impacted communities
- More flights means more aircraft, generating more air pollution
- More flights means increased passenger numbers resulting in more road traffic causing even more road congestion and greater air pollution
- Insufficient local housing available to provide homes for additional Gatwick employees leading to more long distance commuting, congestion and pollution
- Insufficient local infrastructure for business or residents – roads, business parks, shopping centres, housing, schools, medical centres, hospitals etc.
- Providing such infrastructure would destroy huge amounts of countryside and urbanise the rural area around Gatwick
QUESTION 3. Given the draft master plan looks out beyond 2030, to what extent, if at all, do you agree or disagree that land that has been safeguarded since 2006 should continue to be safeguarded for the future construction of an additional main runway? Before answering, you will find it useful to read Section 5.4 in the full version of the draft master plan.
- Strongly disagree
QUESTION 4. Please explain why you hold this view.
- The Airports Commission “unequivocally and unanimously” selected Heathrow
- The Government agreed and parliament has since overwhelmingly endorsed that decision
- Placing the majority of national runway capacity in the South East disadvantages the rest of the UK
QUESTION 5. What more, if anything, do you believe should be done to maximise the employment and economic benefits resulting from Gatwick’s continued growth? Before answering, you will find it useful to read Section 5.6 and Chapter 7 in the full version of the draft master plan.
- Gatwick already creates a skills shortage for local businesses, further airport expansion will make the situation worse
- Increasing our dependency on the airport reduces local business resilience in an economic downturn
- A diversified local economy supported by a skilled workforce is required to maximise long term employment. It is unlikely that such businesses and staff will be attracted to an environment destined to suffer more noise, more air pollution and greater congestion.
- In order to thrive the local area doesn’t need more Gatwick expansion
QUESTION 6. What more, if anything, do you think should be done to minimise the noise impacts of Gatwick’s continued growth? Before answering, you will find it useful to read Sections 4.5, 5.5, 6.4 and 6.5 in the full version of the draft master plan.
- The most common complaint is that the noise occurs too frequently; further expansion will worsen this hugely. Fewer flights by quieter aircraft is what we need.
- The width of the arrivals swathe needs to be fully utilised without any concentration
- No new areas should be overflown
- New World Health Organisation noise metrics have been ignored. These reduced noise metrics must be used to more accurately reflect the number of people adversely impacted by plane noise
QUESTION 7. What more, if anything, do you think should be done to minimise the other environmental impacts of Gatwick’s continued growth? Before answering, you will find it useful to read Sections 4.5, 5.5 and Chapter 6 in the full version of the draft master plan.
- Gatwick’s attempts to minimise its own environmental impact does not address the real issue, that its primary focus is on airport growth which will always be at odds with the huge environmental damage Gatwick causes. Further expansion will increase flight numbers and will increase this damage.
QUESTION 8. Do you believe our approach to community engagement, as described in the draft master plan, should be improved, and if so, how? Before answering, you will find it useful to read Chapter 8 in the full version of the draft master plan
- The longstanding inability of Gatwick to provide even a complaints telephone line illustrates its cavalier attitude to local communities
- The locations for the exhibition related to this consultation are where favourable views are likely to be expressed i.e. centres of population that are very largely not overflown. This again demonstrates the fundamental bias that Gatwick exhibits against communities which are adversely affected by its operations.
QUESTION 9. If you make use of Gatwick, what areas of the passenger experience would you like to see improved?
- No Comment
QUESTION 10. Are there any aspects of our Surface Access Strategy that you believe should be improved and, if so, what are they? Before answering, you will find it useful to read Section 4.4 in the full version of the draft master plan.
- Gatwick is handicapped by an overstretched rail connection north/south and a totally inadequate rail connection east/west
- Gatwick only has single motorway access that doesn’t provide direct access to London or the coast
- Statements that suggest traffic growth is minimal are not reflected in local people’s experiences.
- Increases in Gatwick’s cargo handling will increase HGV traffic significantly impacting the villages around Gatwick.
- Gatwick’s Surface Access Strategy does little to support rural bus services.
QUESTION 11. Do you have any other comments to make about the Gatwick Airport draft master plan?
- Strongly oppose all three proposals which will have a devastating impact on communities
- Before considering these three major initiatives Gatwick should first consider how best to reduce the impacts caused by current traffic volumes
- We are already failing to meet current worldwide Carbon emissions targets, Gatwick’s expansion will make this even more challenging
- Further aviation expansion will make it even more difficult to meet our commitments under the Paris Agreement