Public debates on Gatwick and Heathrow expansion

Published: Wednesday 29th October 14

Two public meetings will take place in Putney this November to discuss the plans for expanding Gatwick and Heathrow Airports.

The Airports Commission, headed by Sir Howard Davies, will recommend a new runway is built at one of these airports next year. 

The events will give Wandsworth residents a chance to have their say and to hear from senior airport officials and leading aviation campaigners.


8pm, Thursdays 13 November, St Mary’s Church, Putney High Street


  • Ravi Govindia, Wandsworth Council Leader
  • Justine Greening, Putney MP
  • Nick Dunn, Chief Financial Officer, Gatwick Airport
  • Charles Kirwan-Taylor, Director of Corporate Affairs and Sustainability, Gatwick Airport


8pm, Thursday 27 November, St Mary’s Church, Putney High Street


  • Ravi Govindia, Wandsworth Council Leader
  • Justine Greening, Putney MP
  • John Stewart, Chair, HACAN
  • Matt Gorman, Sustainability & Environment Director, Heathrow Airport
  • Kevin Harman, Heathrow Hub 

For both meetings residents are encouraged to arrive slightly before 8pm to find a seat in time for the debate.

Cllr Ravi Govindia said: 

“We now know Sir Howard Davies will recommend either Heathrow or Gatwick for expansion at some point after next year’s General Election. All other options have been ruled out.

“This choice could have a profound impact on the quality of life in Wandsworth and on the future of our transport system. 

“If you are concerned with the aviation debate then I urge you to attend. This is a chance to learn more about the schemes, question the airport officials and to find out what you can do to influence this important decision.”

Find out more about the council’s aviation policies at

Find out how this fits in to the council’s vision for creating an even stronger Wandsworth at


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Recent comments

It is better to endure a little noise than to lose business to other European Countries. Whilst I have great sympathy with those who are closer to the flight path, many knew the situation prior to moving there. Let's stop knocking Great Britain and get on with continuing to be a World Leader.
Michael Pharaoh

12 November 2014

I am unable to make the first of these meetings. Will it be possible to access any kind of notes/report of what was said at the meeting?
Hilary Whitehall

7 November 2014

Any expansion of Heathrow is totally unacceptable-we need a new Estuary Hub airport -this much is blindingly obvious to all.

2 November 2014