Cross party support for Gatwick expansion

Published: 17 October 2014

At this week’s full council meeting councillors unanimously agreed to support the case for Gatwick expansion.

The airports motion reads as follows:

This Council:

(a) congratulates Wandsworth and other members of the cross-party 2M  Alliance of London Boroughs for their continued opposition to  Heathrow’s expansion, which would deliver a devastating blow to  hundreds of thousands of Londoners whose lives would be blighted  by noise and pollution;

(b) should continue its active programme of engagement with local  people to ensure that the social and environmental consequences of  expansion at Heathrow including noise, air pollution and road traffic  impacts, are understood, and that the concerns of residents continue  to be brought to the attention of Sir Howard Davies;

Reflecting on the recent decision by the Airports Commission to disregard the

Estuary option, this Council:

(c) accepts the economic case for an increase in the nation’s aviation  capacity, and agrees that opening up additional air routes to other  parts of the globe is good for growth and good for the UK economy;

(d) supports the view of the overwhelming majority of our residents, who  have told us loud and clear that expansion of Gatwick is the only  credible option to deliver the badly needed expansion of airport capacity in the south east;

(e) believes that Wandsworth could have much to gain from Gatwick’s  expansion, driving growth with investment in rail services through  south London into the heart of Battersea. Most importantly, it can do  this without the environmental baggage associated with a bigger,  busier and much more polluting Heathrow; and

(f) asks the Leader of the Council to work closely with other south  London local authorities to maximise these benefits for Londoners.

Last week the council published survey results pointing to strong local support for Gatwick.

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