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Gatwick Airport flight path changes are in strong opposition

The Easirent Car Hire depot at Gatwick Airport are familiar with the tension between local residents and plans by the airport for flight path changes. Branch manager Chris hopes everybody gets a fair and respectable deal from the discussions.

The plans for changes to flight paths in and out of Gatwick Airport have been robustly opposed by a Surrey environmental group. The consultation period ended on the 16th August, two day longer than originally advertised due to a problem with the website.

The Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign (GACC) is opposed to the proposed flight paths and has called for them to be scrapped and the consultation to be cancelled, winning the support of Francis Maude, MP for Horsham, in the process.

Brendon Sewill, GACC chairman, said “There is no urgent need for these new flight paths, and it makes no sense to introduce them now before a decision is taken on whether or not there is to be a new runway.”

Civil Aviation Authority guidelines for consultations require them to be accessible and targeted and not burdensome to those consulted. The GACC believes the current consultation at Gatwick does not fulfil these criteria.

They also believe there should be fair compensation made available for those whose homes may be devalued by the new flight paths, in the same way as those with homes near new motorways would receive a payout. The group says that a trial of flight paths over Warnham has proved the damage to small villages and communities.

Tom Denton, head of Corporate Responsibility at Gatwick Airport, said “We have received more than 4,000 responses throughout the 12 week period, which is a pretty high rate for these consultations. There is an appreciation that this is a technical consultation, but we do think that if people can take some time to go through and read the papers, they will understand and make their response. The consultation has been successful and we are contributing to a broader airspace strategy and redesign led by government policy. Our process has been approved by the CAA and endorsed our approach.”

No changes have been made to the airspace, and Gatwick have said they will take their time considering the responses before filing their proposals next year.

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