Anti-Gatwick expansion group ‘will not rejoice’ at Heathrow runway recommendation

GACC members and supporters
GACC members and supporters

A protest group against Gatwick expansion has said it will not rejoice at The Airports Commission backing Heathrow for airport expansion in the South East.

Sir Howard Davies, chairman of The Airports Commission, today (Wednesday July 1) said: “At the end of this extensive work programme our conclusions are clear and unanimous: the best answer is to expand Heathrow’s capacity through a new Northwest Runway.”

The Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign’s statement said: “Thousands of people across Surrey, Sussex and Kent will be relieved that the threat of an environmental disaster has been lifted.

“There will, however, be no rejoicing: we are only too aware of the misery which will be created for those living near Heathrow. We will continue to make the case that no new runway is needed.

“GACC, and all the protest groups around Gatwick, will be studying the report carefully and will remain on guard in case there is pressure to reverse the recommendation.

“And will continue to work with Heathrow groups concerning changes to flight paths that already impact communities surrounding Gatwick and Heathrow. We will continue to work jointly with Heathrow to address this with the Government departments and the airports.”

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