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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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Brighton mainline closed this Sunday between Gatwick and Redhill

Rail engineering work will close all lines on the Brighton Mainline between Gatwick and Redhill on Sunday 27 January.

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  • Busses will run between Gatwick and both Redhill and East Grinstead, where trains can be caught to East Croydon, London and beyond
  • Direct trains to London Victoria will run every 30 minutes from the airport but these will divert via Horsham and will take much longer than normal
  • No Gatwick Express service will run on Sunday

The work is being carried out to improve the reliability and resilience of the Brighton mainline.

Rail replacement bus services will run between the airport and both Redhill and East Grinstead where passengers will be able to get trains to East Croydon, London and beyond.

A direct train service to London Victoria will run every 30 minutes from Gatwick, but these divert via Horsham and will take much longer than normal.  These services will also call at Clapham Junction, Horsham and Three Bridges.

No Gatwick Express service will run at all on Sunday 27 January.

All passengers traveling to and from the airport by rail are urged to plan ahead and to leave plenty of additional time to complete their journey. 

Further information can be found on National Rail’s journey planner at nationalrail.co.uk cent 5; \ls

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