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Community group angry at Gatwick consultation locations

Following the publication of Gatwick draft master plan the airport has released information of where they will be holding their public consultations.

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But one group CAGNE (Communities Again Gatwick Noise Emission) is angry saying that the consultation events “are being held in peripheral areas that are not constantly, if at all, affected by aircraft noise. “

The locations the events are being held are at:

  • Saturday 3 November – 15:30-19:30
    The Barn, Causeway, Horsham, RH12 1HE
  • Thursday 8 November – 15:30-19:30
    Centrale Shopping Centre, Croydon, CR0 1TY
  • Saturday 10 November – 11:00-17:00
    Royal Victoria Place Shopping Centre, Tunbridge Wells, TN1 2SS
  • Monday 12 November – 15:30-19:30
    Churchill Square Shopping Centre, Western Road, Brighton, BN1 2RG
  • Saturday 17 November – 11:00-1700
    County Mall Shopping Centre, Crawley, RH10 1FG

The consultation runs for 12 weeks.

In a release from CAGNE they say:

“These are the very communities that need to participate as they will be the ones that will take the full brunt of Gatwick’s increase in noise and may be totally unaware of what is being proposed by the airport.

It is simply not acceptable for Gatwick to think they can get away with holding events in Brighton and Croydon so that they can manipulate the responses to their loaded questionnaire whilst avoiding holding events in affected areas as Reigate, Redhill, Dorking, Alfold, Lingfield and Copthorne.

If we thought the whole proposal of using the emergency runway was underhand, Gatwick would seem to be going out of their way to ignore the communities that suffer the severity of Gatwick aircraft noise now 24/7 with no respite.  These communities will find themselves facing over 80,000 extra flights a year if Gatwick are successful at manipulating the responses, the local authorities who they have already presented their plans to in Crawley.

CAGNE demand that every parish that is impacted to the west, east, north and south have an event and that every member of these areas be written to by Gatwick with a copy of the master plan so not to discriminate against the elderly or those without the internet.”

In response to the comments Gatwick released a statement saying:

“The six venues selected for our upcoming public exhibitions – Horsham, Croydon, Tunbridge Wells, Brighton, Crawley and Horley – were chosen to ensure that all of Gatwick’s neighbours are within a reasonable travelling distance of an exhibition, both by car and public transport.

“For anyone who is unable to attend our exhibitions, they can access our full draft master plan and consultation summary document – and send us their feedback directly – at gatwickairport.com/masterplan2018.”

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NO WAY! A FREE Christmas break abroad AND still save money on your shopping?

In what is fantastic (and perhaps rather surprising) news, it’s been discovered that Christmas shoppers can enjoy a night away in one of Europe’s most popular winter destinations – effectively for free – and still save money on their festive purchases, even after the cost of their flight and accommodation has been deducted.

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How’s that possible? Well, with tax-free prices available in most Gatwick stores – and return flights to Dublin, for example, available from as little as £33 – shoppers can make significant savings when they buy and fly, compared with getting their gifts on the high street or online where tax is added to most products.

Plus, many of Gatwick’s retailers – including Reiss, Dune, Fat Face and Superdry – are now allowing customers to buy products from their entire online collections in-store at the airport and still receive the airport discount off their items!

This means that passengers can identify the products they’d like to buy before travelling to the airport, and order them in-store – at the tax-free equivalent price – once they’re in Gatwick’s departure lounge awaiting their flight. They can then have the products delivered directly to their home, or have them waiting at Gatwick for when they get back from their trip.

Buying and flying is, therefore, one of the smartest ways to save money during the notoriously expensive Christmas shopping season.

Take a look at this example that highlights the big savings that passengers can make on their festive finances if they choose to buy and fly this Christmas.

Flights
Gatwick to Dublin with Ryanair (South Terminal) – £33.98 return
Wed 5th December: LGW 09:40 – 11:05 DUB
Thu 6th December: DUB 16:55 – 18:20 LGW

Savings
You save £158.98 when buying the following five products at Gatwick, rather than on the high street or online.
After the cost of your flights (£33.98) and one night’s accommodation in Dublin (estimated at £50) is deducted, your final saving is £75.

Total: £158.98
– minus flights – £33.98
– minus accommodation – £50

Final: £75

Products

Reiss

  • Gia Leather Biker Jacket – Apricot (Women’s)
  • High Street: £375 | Gatwick: £312.50
  • Saving: £62.50

Ted Baker

  • Sandra Midi Wool Wrap Coat – Camel (Women’s)
  • High Street: £329 | Gatwick: £274.17
  • Saving: £54.83

Superdry

  • Hero Leather Racer Jacket – Black (Men’s)
  • High Street: £199.99 | Gatwick: £166.66
  • Saving: £33.33

Jack Wills

  • ‘One’ Fragrance – 50ml (Men’s)
  • High Street: £34.95 | Gatwick: £29.13
  • Saving: £5.82

Skinny Dip

  • Dancing Mickey Phone Case
  • High Street: £15 | Gatwick: £12.50
  • Saving: £2.50

Rachel Bulford, Head of Retail, Gatwick Airport said:

“It’s exciting for Gatwick Airport and our retailers to be able to offer great savings on gifts compared with the high street, at what is the busiest time of the year for shoppers. By ticking everything off the Christmas list at Gatwick, shoppers can not only enjoy a trip away but also make savings on their festive finances even after the cost of their minibreak has been factored in.

“A number of our retailers are also now combining the ease of online shopping with big airport discounts, making buying and flying an even smarter choice this winter.”

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