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Campaign Group forms to object against Gatwick Airport

Will the new campaign group be a success? Car Hire Gatwick Airport staff are wondering if it make much difference and improve the issues the residents have.

A new campaign group has been formed to challenge Gatwick Airport on the problems surrounding noise and emission levels. The Communities Against Gatwick Noise and Emissions (CAGNE) has already got more than 300 members who are angry at the new flight paths.

Sally Pavey, a CAGNE member, said “This is bringing misery to thousands of people and destroying the tranquillity of parts of Sussex. It is wrong that all we can do is telephone the answer phone at Gatwick Airport to complain. We are assured our calls will be logged but it’s like asking a child to mark their own homework, we do not know if each complaint will be logged separately or if our address is only logged once. God knows what it is going to be like for the residents of Ifield and Langley Green if Gatwick gets its wish of placing a second runway in their back gardens.”

Gatwick Airport has some independent assessment by Noise Communications Solutions (NCS) comparing their standards to Heathrow and some other European Airports. NCS found just four infringements between 2010 and 2013 where Gatwick Airport could have been fined for having an aircraft being too loud, compared to 272 infringements at Heathrow.

Stewart Wingate, Gatwick Airport CEO, said “We take noise management very seriously. However, even as we try to remove hundreds of thousands of people out of the flight paths, in line with Government policy, we recognise that there will always be some communities affected by aircraft noise. We will therefore continue to take a responsible approach to noise reduction and mitigation.”