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Opinion divided over Gatwick Airport second runway plans

The staff at the Gatwick Airport Easirent Car Hire location are shocked at the divide in opinion over the potential runway plans.

Opinion continues to be divided on a second runway at Gatwick Airport being good for business or bad for residents. A report submitted by Gatwick Airport management, shows that according to a poll by market research company Ipsos MORI, 1,288 people had a preference for one of three possible flight routes suggested – but almost double, 2,165 people – voted for ‘none of the above’.

Anti-second runway protesters, concerned about noise and environmental impact, claim those voting for ‘none of the above’ is against the runway being built in any form. Brendon Sewill, chairman of the Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign (GACC), said “This result is so embarrassing for Gatwick Airport Ltd. We do not agree that the 4,003 responses from The Woodland Trust should be disregarded. These are remarkable results. They prove a strong and determined opposition to any new Gatwick runway.”

But while campaigners have expressed concern about the effect a second runway might have, many East Grinstead businesses are excited by the proposals, and believe expansion is just what the area needs.

A spokesman for Gatwick Airport confirmed “Gatwick plays a significant role in the local economy and expansion would drive huge business, jobs and regeneration opportunities that would directly benefit local residents. Expansion is always going to generate strong views but what is important is that the public consultation process has allowed us to understand the key areas that matter most too local people. As a result we have been able to create a series of pledges worth over £250m which are designed to address these concerns and drive improvements to our plans.”