South London councils make case for Gatwick

Published: Tuesday 30th June 15

As the UK Airports Commission prepares to publish its final report, a cross-party group of four south London councils has urged the Government to consider Gatwick’s potential as a driver for new jobs and homes across the region.

An artist's impression of a two runway Gatwick Airport

As the UK Airports Commission prepares to publish its final report, a cross-party group of four south London councils has urged the Government to consider Gatwick’s potential as a driver for new jobs and homes across the region.

The leaders of Croydon, Kingston, Southwark and Wandsworth Councils have pledged their support to Gatwick’s bid for a second runway and have made their case to Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin.

The councillors say a world class airport due south of London would have a catalytic effect on the region’s economy and bring its investment potential to an international audience.

They highlight strategic growth areas with direct rail links to Gatwick -  Clapham Junction, Croydon and London Bridge - which would receive a significant boost if the airport is allowed to develop.

The Airports Commission, headed by Sir Howard Davies, will publish its final report tomorrow which is expected to recommend a major expansion of either Gatwick or Heathrow.

In a joint statement the council leaders said:

“Gatwick expansion is a unique opportunity to unlock south London’s vast untapped growth potential. It would significantly enhance our region’s investment appeal and focus international attention on our brownfield opportunities. This part of the city has the potential to deliver new homes, jobs and growth at a scale and pace that cannot be matched.

“We urge the Government to endorse Gatwick’s bid and reenergise the South London region.”

Tony Newman, leader of Croydon Council

Kevin Davis, leader of Kingston Council

Peter John, leader of Southwark Council

Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth Council

 

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Govindia & co - what a bunch of clowns! People are leaving the areas under the flight path into Heathrow in droves because they detest the economic benefits that the airport creates. Bet they'll have problems selling the new housing in Nine Elms once people find out about the planes overhead. Good job the railways were built 150+ years ago otherwise they would have been forced to divert around Wandsworth.
Graham Stamper

1 July 2015