Following Gatwick’s announcement that they are going to delay the introduction of new flight paths, please find below a statement and background information on behalf of all the Gatwick Environmental Campaign Groups including the Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign (GACC), High Weald Councils Aviation Action Group (HWCAAG), Communities Against Gatwick Noise Emissions (CAGNE East & West) and GatwickObviouslynot.org (GON).
” We wish to engage with the management at Gatwick as they reflect on the feedback that has led to this delay but the results of the public consultation by IPSOS MORI should be published. We do not believe that GATCOM has played any part in delivering this delay and we are suspicious that this is only being stopped in order to prevent further bad publicity during the Airports Commission consultation on an additional runway. If they are truly serious about being a good neighbour they would publish what people really think to help the Commission decide.”
The 12 week consultation ended on 14 August. It was widely criticised at the time and gave rise to official complaints to the CAA. A new group was formed as a direct result www.Gatwickobviouslynot.org
Communities who live under the flight path are not represented in a meaningful way on GATCOM.
GATCOM is not fit for purpose. The next GATCOM open meeting is Thursday 23rd October 2014 at the Hilton Hotel, South Terminal, Gatwick Airport. The meeting starts at 2pm.
A change to the routes is not a requirement of the CAA Future Airspace Strategy.
National Air Traffic Control (NATS) have already made substantive changes to the airspace by changing routes on Gatwick’s behalf, narrowing flight paths and removing a shorter route which has caused a huge increase in noise this year which is why it has become intolerable to so many so suddenly.
There are no actions to mitigate this situation now, only promises of future consideration.
We have little confidence that the community will be appropriately engaged. This was the second consultation on airspace without appropriate engagement.
The airports commission consultation on an additional runway will run from sometime in October for 16 weeks.
RG Streatfeild MBE
Chiddingstone Parish Council & Chair of HWCAAG see http://gatwickobviouslynot.com/