Wealden MP Charles Hendry has joined five fellow MPs to oppose the expansion of Gatwick Airport.
South of England MPs including Sir Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex) and Nick Herbert (Arun and South Downs) say a second runway at the airport would be a ‘catastrophe for local communities’.
Crispin Blunt MP spoke out on behalf of the Gatwick Coordination Group saying: “Gatwick Airport Limited (GAL) mistakenly maintains that a second runway at Gatwick Airport is practically and politically the most easily delivered option.
“The final decision will be for the next government, but we hope the commission will share our view that on any measure, local or national, this is not a finely balanced argument. A recommendation and decision for a second runway at Gatwick would be a catastrophe for local communities and a disaster for the national interest.”
In autumn 2014, the Airports Commission short-listed plans for a second runway at Gatwick and two plans for Heathrow Airport – an elongated second runway or the building of a third runway.
East Sussex County Council supports the Gatwick proposal, saying it welcomes the runway provided it comes with action to limit impact on residents and infrastructure would be improved. The Alliance of Chambers in East Sussex said: “The business community of East Sussex is delighted the county council is continuing support for Gatwick Airport. We believe a second runway and the resultant expansion are vital to the economic growth and sustainability of the county for years to come.”