THE THIRD RUNWAY
Gatwick runway could help avoid need for further Heathrow
second runway at Gatwick combined with an extra runway at
Stansted could avoid the need for a third runway and sixth
terminal at Heathrow.
Department for Transport's consultation document on proposals
for increasing runway capacity in the South East shows that
Gatwick could accommodate between 15 and 36 million extra
passengers every year on top of its current forecast capacity.
number of people affected by aircraft noise at Gatwick is
around 8,600. This compares to 307,000 in those parts of south
and west London and the Home Counties which fall under the
Heathrow flight path.
council is holding a public meeting on Monday October
28 at All Saints Church, Putney Common (starting at
7.30pm) for Wandsworth residents concerned about the environmental
impact of a third Heathrow runway.
Government says it ruled out an extra runway at Gatwick because
of the restrictions imposed by a 1979 legal agreement with
West Sussex County Council. This prevents further development
Wandsworth Council leader Edward Lister, who will be joined
on the platform at Monday's event by HACAN chairman John Stewart,
is backing calls for the agreement to be renegotiated.
"It makes no sense to break the limits on flight numbers
at Heathrow barely a year after they were set as a condition
of Terminal Five going ahead - and at the same time declare
a 23 year-old Gatwick agreement sacrosanct. It
was also a condition of the Terminal Five decision that no
new areas around Heathrow should suffer noise levels above
agreed limits. This undertaking too will be broken by a third
is hard to understand the logic of the Government's position.
Why else did civil servants spend two years researching capacity
issues at Gatwick if ministers did not see the airport as
a serious alternative to yet further growth at Heathrow? Many
of us will raise the prospect of expansion at Gatwick with
a heavy heart because living in south London we know the environmental
impact of living under the flight path. But the scale of the
environmental damage that a third runway at Heathrow would
bring is out of all proportion to the relatively small numbers
affected at Gatwick.
is not a 'nimby' position. Aircraft noise, traffic congestion
and nitrogen dioxide pollution is a reality already in south
and west London. We have a right to say no more damage to
our quality of life and ministers have a duty not to rule
out any option that would save us from the third runway nightmare."
current limit of 485,000 flights year at Heathrow was imposed
only last year by the inspector who presided over the Terminal
Five inquiry. A third runway would push this figure up to
third Heathrow runway could mean extra noise misery for thousands
of local residents living under the flight path in Putney
as bigger planes are switched to the existing two runways
to allow smaller aircraft to land at the new shorter runway.
councils opposed to the proposed 24 hour airport at Cliffe
have launched a judicial review of the Government's decision
to rule out Gatwick.
extra runway at the West Sussex airport has also been backed
by local councils in the area who fear the airport will decline
if Heathrow continues to expand.
council's fact sheet on the third runway 'More flights, More
noise, More congestion' is available on www.wandsworth.gov.uk/aviation
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