been approached by the Airports Commission to assist in facilitating a visit to
the Gatwick area for the Commissioners to meet with representatives from local
Airports Commission has been asked to examine the UK’s aviation capacity and
need in the context of maintaining the UK’s position as a leading aviation
hub. It has been asked to make recommendations to the Government about
how that capacity should be delivered. In its Interim Report (published
in December, 2013) the Commission shortlisted three proposals – two at Heathrow
Airport and one at Gatwick Airport – for providing additional capacity.
Airports Commissioners – Sir Howard Davies, Sir John Armitt, Dame Julia King,
Professor Ricky Burdett and Vivienne Cox – are keen to engage with local
authorities and MPs and communities around the shortlisted options.
Commissioners are also keen to ensure they understand local concerns as they
work through the appraisals of each option.
position is that we support the case for a second runway, in principle, but are
cognisant of the environmental and infrastructure issues that may arise.
We do understand that feelings run high and that there is a lot of opposition.
However, we do believe the economic case and the benefits it would bring to the
county are solid.
notice has been short, we have worked hard with the Commission secretariat to
facilitate this opportunity for local representatives to meet with the
Commissioners, which will take place on Wednesday. This is a private meeting
for the benefit of elected local authority leaders and MPs. It will be followed
by a wider discussion when they will answer questions from additional invited
guests, including Councillors, local groups and organisations such as parish
councils, Gatwick Diamond and Manor Royal.
I will post
another blog after the meeting because I am keen to share what happens as I
know there is a lot of interest.