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Meeting room is packed for protest against Gatwick Airport expansion

The Gatwick Airport branch of Easirent Car Hire are looking forward to the end of the debate surrounding airport expansion and would love a decision made now so everybody can move on.

MORE than 1,000 people crammed into a Crawley meeting room over the weekend to protest against Gatwick Airport’s planned expansion including five MPs, many of whom have voiced their opposition to a second runway.

The meeting at The Apple Tree Centre, in West Green, last Saturday was organised by the Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign (GACC). Crawley mayor Brenda Smith, who represents Langley Green on the borough council, spoke of her strong opposition to a second runway. Environmental groups also set up stalls at the event.

Questions from the public were answered by a panel which included Keith Taylor (a Green Party MEP), Cait Hewitt (from the Aviation Environment Federation), Sarah Clayton (from AirportWatch), Sally Pavey (from anti Gatwick expansion group CAGNE), Richard Streatfeild (High Weald Parishes Aviation Action Group), and Brendon Sewill (GACC) under the chairmanship of Helyn Clack (Surrey County Council).

Meanwhile Croydon Council and Gatwick Airport Ltd have signed an agreement to jointly put forward a case to Croydon residents about the economic benefits they say a second runway would bring. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed by Croydon Council’s leader Tony Newman and Gatwick’s CEO Stewart Wingate.