Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign

 

Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign GACC

Campaign Office – Stan Hill  Charlwood  Surrey RH6 OEP

Tel 01293 863 369

 

Website – www.gacc.org.uk Office Email – gacc@btconnect.com

Press Enquiries – 07831 632537/ Press Office gaccpress@gmail.com

 

Press Release 1st September 2014

 

Gatwick in a Spin over Angry Residents

 

New flight paths introduced by Gatwick Airport Ltd are causing a wave of protest across large parts of East and West Sussex, Kent and Surrey. 

MPs, including Nick Herbert (Arundel), Francis Maude (Horsham), Paul Beresford (Dorking), Crispin Blunt (Reigate), John Stanley (Tonbridge), Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells) and Charles Hendry (Wealden) all report that they are overwhelmed with correspondence from upset constituents.

New anti-noise groups, all welcomed and supported by GACC, have sprung up in Crowborough, Sevenoaks Weald, Tunbridge Wells, Penshurst, Chiddingstone, Beare Green, and Warnham. 

Gatwick airport called an emergency meeting on Friday (29th August) of the airport noise committee (NATMAG) to try to calm the situation – before it takes the shine off their extravaganza campaign for a second runway.

The problem has been caused by a new route over Warnham and North Horsham, as well as the introduction of new concentrated departure flight paths over Holmwood, Brockham and Reigate, and also over Penshurst and Tunbridge Wells. 

These new concentrated routes (PBN – Performance Based Navigation) are causing great distress compounded by a loss in house values of thousands of pounds.

In Kent and East Sussex anger at an increased number of flights has been magnified by fears of new flight paths for arriving aircraft (and concentration on a single merge point) announced by NATS but with the actual location of the new routes and the merge point kept secret.

GACC are monitoring the situation and advising members, and putting forward constructive solutions (see response to airspace consultation at

www.gacc.org.uk).

GACC Protest Meeting
 
Join us at a meeting to protest about the new flight paths and to express opposition to a new Gatwick runway
on Saturday, 22 November (afternoon).

Details will be circulated later.
 
The more people who come, the stronger
our protest will be.