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e-newsletter No.13



To You All (1,169 and counting)

We understand that East Sussex County Council are starting to look wobbly on their commitment to support Gatwick's 2nd runway, given Kent's rationale for changing their mind (see below).

These same arguments rather rip a hole below the water line for ESCC and we're not so sure that even their own District Councils support their stance.

For example, Wealden's peace and quiet (a huge district within ESCC that stretches from a line north of East Grinstead to the coast) will equally be ripped apart by the proposals both for the new flight paths and for the 2nd runway.

We would like to know how the local Councillors feel about the unilateral stance taken by Cllr Simmons of ESCC to push through support for the 2nd runway under delegated powers.

So, we have sent this below to all 54 of them, and on our website you can see what they say over the following weeks.

Your voice, too, may help to persuade them to have the courage of their convictions, so we've arranged a single email address that you can use to email ALL of the 54 Wealden Councillors in one hit. Do let them know how you feel:

wdc@gatwickobviouslynot.org
 



Calling all Wealden District Councillors

Q: Do you support Cllr Simmons' unilateral decision - taken without a vote under delegated powers - for East Sussex County Council to back a 2nd runway at Gatwick?

Dear Councillors

You will have heard that Paul Carter of KCC has advised that his County now opposes the 2nd runway at Gatwick.

I note your Council's three Corporate Objectives are:

East Sussex County Council, of which you play such an important part, decided some time ago to support the 2nd runway at Gatwick.

Well, to be clear, a single Cllr decided that the whole County should do so, using his delegated powers to unilaterally make this decision. (A decision only discovered via a Freedom of Information Request).

We've tried to persuade Cllr Simmons, for it was he, to change his mind but so far without success.

You probably already know that the infamous 'Point Merge' is likely to obliterate what's left of the tranquility of your District (imagine a system holding enough planes to deliver one to Gatwick every 30 seconds) and that Crowborough or Mayfield may be dissected by the 500m-wide 'Superhighway in the sky'.

How does this fit with your Corporate Objectives?

Can you help?

Because we hear some of you may not be too happy about this decision, we're writing to you via this email to ask if you support it or not. We'll put your answers on a table at our web site at http://www.gatwickobviouslynot.org so that those voting for you next May can see what you're thinking.

Below my signature, you will find a copy of the table as it stands today. As you can see, it's all question marks for now, which we'd like to replace with a solid "Yes" or "No" answer from each of you.

Please just email ask@gatwickobviouslynot.org with your answer, preferably with 'Wealden' in the subject box (we have a huge and very active database throughout West Kent and East Sussex and wouldn't want to miss your email).

Thanks for letting us know.

Martin Barraud
www.gatwickobviouslynot.org

P.S. Following this table, I've attached some of Mr Carter's reasons for his decision. Plane noise doesn't respect County boundaries. And, by the way, a Kent Messenger poll says 80% of those voting (1,554 so far) agree with his decision.
 

photo of Councillor Dick Angel Councillor Dick Angel
Heathfield North & Central
cllr.dick.angel@wealden.gov.uk
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photo of Councillor Jo Bentley Councillor Jo Bentley
Hailsham South and West
cllr.jo.bentley@wealden.gov.uk
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photo of Councillor John Blake Councillor John Blake
Hellingly
cllr.john.blake@wealden.gov.uk
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photo of Councillor Don Broadbent Councillor Don Broadbent
Polegate North
cllr.don.broadbent@wealden.gov.uk
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photo of Councillor Norman Buck Councillor Norman Buck
Buxted and Maresfield
cllr.norman.buck@wealden.gov.uk
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photo of Councillor Raymond Cade Councillor Raymond Cade
Heathfield North & Central
cllr.raymond.cade@wealden.gov.uk
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photo of Councillor John Carvey Councillor John Carvey
Uckfield Ridgewood
cllr.john.carvey@wealden.gov.uk
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photo of Councillor Lin Clark Councillor Lin Clark
Pevensey and Westham
cllr.lin.clark@wealden.gov.uk
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photo of Councillor Nicholas Collinson Councillor Nicholas Collinson
Hailsham Central and North
cllr.nicholas.collinson@wealden.gov.uk
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photo of Councillor Nigel Coltman Councillor Nigel Coltman
Hailsham South and West
cllr.nigel.coltman@wealden.gov.uk
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photo of Councillor Ronald Cussons Councillor Ronald Cussons
Willingdon
cllr.ron.cussons@wealden.gov.uk
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photo of Councillor Barby Dashwood-Morris Councillor Barby Dashwood-Morris
Chiddingly & East Hoathly
cllr.barby.dashwood-morris@wealden.gov.uk
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photo of Councillor Dianne Dear Councillor Dianne Dear
Pevensey and Westham
cllr.dianne.dear@wealden.gov.uk
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photo of Councillor Pam Doodes Councillor Pam Doodes
Ninfield & Hooe with Wartling
cllr.pam.doodes@wealden.gov.uk
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photo of Councillor Claire Dowling Councillor Claire Dowling
Uckfield Central
cllr.claire.dowling@wealden.gov.uk
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photo of Councillor Jan Dunk Councillor Jan Dunk
Heathfield North & Central
cllr.jan.dunk@wealden.gov.uk
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photo of Councillor Louise Eastwood Councillor Louise Eastwood
Uckfield North
cllr.louise.eastwood@wealden.gov.uk
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photo of Councillor Helen Firth Councillor Helen Firth
Uckfield New Town
cllr.helen.firth@wealden.gov.uk
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photo of Councillor Jonica Fox Councillor Jonica Fox
Cross-in-Hand/Five Ashes
cllr.jonica.fox@wealden.gov.uk
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photo of Councillor Roy Galley Councillor Roy Galley
Danehill/Fletching/Nutley
cllr.roy.galley@wealden.gov.uk
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photo of Councillor Chris Hardy Councillor Chris Hardy
Hartfield
cllr.chris.hardy@wealden.gov.uk
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photo of Councillor Steve Harms Councillor Steve Harms
Alfriston
cllr.steve.harms@wealden.gov.uk
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photo of Councillor Jim Hollins Councillor Jim Hollins
Crowborough St Johns
cllr.jim.hollins@wealden.gov.uk
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photo of Councillor Peter Holloway Councillor Peter Holloway
Forest Row
cllr.peter.holloway@wealden.gov.uk
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photo of Councillor Johanna Howell Councillor Johanna Howell
Frant/Withyham
cllr.johanna.howell@wealden.gov.uk
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photo of Councillor Stephen Isted Councillor Stephen Isted
Crowborough Jarvis Brook
cllr.stephen.isted@wealden.gov.uk
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photo of Councillor David Larkin Councillor David Larkin
Crowborough East
cllr.david.larkin@wealden.gov.uk
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photo of Councillor Andy Long Councillor Andy Long
Herstmonceux
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photo of Councillor Michael Lunn Councillor Michael Lunn
Uckfield North
cllr.michael.lunn@wealden.gov.uk
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photo of Councillor Barry Marlowe Councillor Barry Marlowe
Hailsham Central and North
cllr.barry.marlowe@wealden.gov.uk
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photo of Councillor Nigel McKeeman Councillor Nigel McKeeman
Heathfield East
cllr.nigel.mckeeman@wealden.gov.uk
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photo of Councillor Huw Merriman Councillor Huw Merriman
Rotherfield
cllr.huw.merriman@wealden.gov.uk
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photo of Councillor Rowena Moore Councillor Rowena Moore
Forest Row
cllr.rowena.moore@wealden.gov.uk
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photo of Councillor Ann Newton Councillor Ann Newton
Framfield
cllr.ann.newton@wealden.gov.uk
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photo of Councillor Ken Ogden Councillor Ken Ogden
Buxted & Maresfield
cllr.ken.ogden@wealden.gov.uk
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photo of Councillor Charles R Peck Councillor Charles R Peck
East Dean
cllr.charles.peck@wealden.gov.uk
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photo of Councillor Diane Phillips Councillor Diane Phillips
Crowborough West
cllr.diane.phillips@wealden.gov.uk
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photo of Councillor Dr. Brian Redman Councillor Dr. Brian Redman
Mayfield
cllr.brian.redman@wealden.gov.uk
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photo of Councillor Carol Reynolds Councillor Carol Reynolds
Crowborough East
cllr.carol.reynolds@wealden.gov.uk
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photo of Councillor Peter Roundell Councillor Peter Roundell
Danehill/Fletching/Nutley
cllr.peter.roundell@wealden.gov.uk
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photo of Councillor William Rutherford Councillor William Rutherford
Frant/Withyham
cllr.william.rutherford@wealden.gov.uk
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photo of Councillor Daniel Shing Councillor Daniel Shing
Polegate South
daniel.shing@wealden.gov.uk
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photo of Councillor Oi Lin Shing Councillor Oi Lin Shing
Polegate North
cllr.oilin.shing@wealden.gov.uk
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photo of Councillor Raymond Shing Councillor Raymond Shing
Willingdon
cllr.raymond.shing@wealden.gov.uk
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photo of Councillor Stephen Shing Councillor Stephen Shing
Willingdon
cllr.stephen.shing@wealden.gov.uk
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photo of Councillor Robert Standley Councillor Robert Standley
Wadhurst
cllr.robert.standley@wealden.gov.uk
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photo of Councillor Susan Stedman Councillor Susan Stedman
Horam
cllr.susan.stedman@wealden.gov.uk
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photo of Councillor Bill Tooley Councillor Bill Tooley
Pevensey and Westham
cllr.bill.tooley@wealden.gov.uk
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photo of Councillor Stuart Towner Councillor Stuart Towner
Hailsham East
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photo of Councillor Chriss Triandafyllou Councillor Chriss Triandafyllou
Hailsham South and West
cllr.chriss.triandafyllou@wealden.gov.uk
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photo of Councillor Neil Waller Councillor Neil Waller
Crowborough North
cllr.neil.waller@wealden.gov.uk
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photo of Councillor Mark Weaver Councillor Mark Weaver
Crowborough North
cllr.mark.weaver@wealden.gov.uk
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photo of Councillor Graham  Wells Councillor Graham Wells
Wadhurst
cllr.graham.wells@wealden.gov.uk
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photo of Councillor David White Councillor David White
Hellingly
cllr.david.white@wealden.gov.uk
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Leader of Kent County Council Paul Carter said:

"The noise impacts on west Kent from Gatwick's current single runway configuration are already unacceptable and a potential doubling of these impacts with a second runway would be intolerable.

"The National Air Traffic control service has started to implement changes in flight paths, which has brought to our attention two things - a concentration of flight paths over west Kent; and that the number of night flights at Gatwick during the summer period is three and half times those coming in and out of Heathrow, which is a massive issue.

"This change in flight paths has been intolerable for a significant number of residents in that area and brought us to the conclusion that if they are going to pursue this policy in line with the EU Single European Sky initiatives, expansion of this airport and expansion of night flights must not happen.

Mr Carter added: "It is quite clear that residents in west Kent are already suffering from significant levels of disturbance as a result of increased air traffic over the last few years and the recent changes in flight paths.

"The current number of permitted night flights is simply unacceptable and has resulted in a massive increase in the number of complaints from residents whose quality of life has been disrupted.

"Lastly, there is a lack of adequate surface transport infrastructure enhancements to cope with the proposed additional demand …"

See the Kent Online report on the changed KCC position here:
http://www.kentonline.co.uk/tonbridge/news/kcc-to-oppose-new-gatwick-27496/


December 4th 2014
 


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