Gatwick backed but it ‘must pay for infrastructure’

Business Scene February 2015

East Sussex County Council has backed expansion of Gatwick but says the airport owners must pay for infrastructure improvements.

The council’s Cabinet is telling the Airports Commission it supports the construction of a second runway, writes Paul Watson.

Council leader Cllr Keith Glazier said: “We have listened to the views of the business community and believe our support for the second runway demonstrates our commitment to business growth and economic development.

Keith Glazier, Leader of East Sussex County Council

Keith Glazier, Leader of East Sussex County Council

“As well as those directly employed at Gatwick Airport, we anticipate a growth in the job market with businesses relocating to the county or expanding to take full advantage of the opportunities a second runway would deliver.”

The county council, along with other consultees, have until February 4, to comment on the proposal for Gatwick. In the summer, the Airports Commission will put its recommendation to the Government, which will make the final decision.

County councillors are adamant that Gatwick Airport Limited fully funds and delivers mitigation and compensation measures promised at the beginning of the consultation.

These include;

• £46.5m to help fund infrastructure to support new housing

• £3.75m to help create 2,500 apprenticeships for local young people across the south east

• £5m for a noise insulation scheme for homes affected by aircraft noise

• £45m for a council tax initiative to compensate houses significantly affected by noise

• £10m to fund local highway improvements

“We appreciate that there are people in East Sussex with concerns about the impact an additional runway will have, particularly those living under or near the flight path,” Cllr Glazier added.

“But proposals for expansion give us the perfect opportunity to ensure measures are put in place to mitigate the impact, including investment in infrastructure and money being made available for noise insulation.

“Should the Gatwick expansion be selected, as well as the measures set out for those who would be significantly affected by the proposals, we will insist on specific mitigation measures for East Sussex residents adversely affect by noise from a second runway.”

As well as reiterating its support for an additional runway at Gatwick, the county council welcomed ongoing discussions with the DfT, Gatwick Airport and the Gatwick Consultative Committee over the impact of noise from existing flight paths.

The council agreed to oppose a narrow, concentrated arrival flight path which was trialled by the National Air Traffic Service and the Civil Aviation Authority, and which had a negative impact on residents in the north of the county.

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