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"Gatwick has accepted or is minded to accept all of the recommendations of the review"
Alison Addy, Head of Community Engagement, Gatwick
"I was very pleased by the response of all those concerned to the Arrivals Review and I am now delighted that Gatwick has announced that it will accept all of our recommendations."
Bo Redeborn, Leader, Gatwick Arrivals Review
IF you have ever written an email to Gatwick, the CAA, NATS or your MP
IF you have ever called the noise line, urged us to carry on or sent us a donation
IF you have ever attended a village or town hall meeting, helped with leaflets or encouraged others to Do Something
Then it may just all have been worth it.
(With apologies to Kipling)
A month ago Tom Tugendhat MBE, MP stood on stage in Penshurst and asked you to write to him and the Chairman of Gatwick, Sir Roy McNulty saying in your own words why the Arrivals Review's 23 proposals must be accepted in full.
You did so, and in your hundreds.
Last Thursday, Gatwick gave their official response.
We are minded to ask you to tell them to lose the caveats. And we are not alone.
We also invited our colleagues across the national campaigning spectrum to send us their comments.
And 4 MPs united in sending out a strong message which we include below.
Put in the context of where we all were a year ago, we are now at a very significant moment, thanks to you.
This is but a first step, with the lights still hovering on amber.
We need your help to move them to green. I'll explain how in the next newsletter.
Gatwick Obviously Not
"There is no doubt this is another significant step in the right direction and we are pleased that all the recommendations in the Independent Arrivals Review have been accepted by Gatwick.
"However, the fight is far from over and none of us will rest until these changes are made.
"In particular, terms such as 'minded to' and 'subject to further discussions' must not be get-outs from the clear recommendations.
"The four of us are united in our determination to see these proposals implemented without delay and we have asked to meet Gatwick Airport Limited, the CAA and NATS as soon as possible to press this case."
Tom Tugendhat MP (Tonbridge and Malling)
Greg Clark MP (Tunbridge Wells)
Michael Fallon MP (Sevenoaks)
Nus Ghani MP (Wealden)
"We welcome all the positives from Gatwick accepting the Review’s recommendations. We are concerned however about the 'we are minded' caveats to some of our acute concerns. We look forward to seeing words being translated into action. We see the arrivals review as a first positive step but with more work to be done."
Dominic Nevill, Chair
East Sussex Communities for the Control of Air Noise,(ESCCAN)
"We are pleased that GAL has finally acknowledged the points raised by the recent arrivals review and agreed to implement its recommendations.
It has taken significant time and effort from campaign groups to force the review.
Trust needs to be built. The noise management board needs to be an effective body not merely a placebo."
Speldhurst Against Gatwick (SPAG)
"Looks promising but the devil is in the delivery. For us, the starting point is implementation of the full swathe for both sides of the airport, followed by the rest of the 23 recommendations GAL have promised to accept/implement."
Langton Green Village Society (LGVS)
(APCAG is a newly formed organisation that represents an increasing number of Parish Councils to the west of Gatwick. This electoral base gives it very considerable credence across the region).
"We are hugely encouraged by Gatwick's positive response to the conclusions of the Arrivals Review and view it as a good, tentative, first step in the next stage of working together to address aircraft noise around the airport. The sooner Gatwick drops their 'minded to accept' from some of the recommendations the better.
It is encouraging that Gatwick at last realises that far from being the enemy, groups like APCAG and its allies to the east of the airport, are actually able to make a positive contribution to finding how best to distribute aircraft noise; NATS, the CAA and the DfT will hopefully reach the same conclusion."
Peter Drummond, Chair
Association of Parish Councils Aviation Group (APCAG)
"We are encouraged by both the independent Arrivals Review and Gatwick's response to it. The attitude change from Gatwick management has been transformational. They acknowledge the need to work closely with communities going forwards and the establishment of the Noise Management Board is the first step."
Ian Hare, Chair,
Pulborough against Gatwick Noise and Emissions (PAGNE)
"We congratulate the Gatwick campaign groups in securing this review but residents should not have had to fight so hard to be heard. Unfortunately, the current system for regulating the aviation industry offers no protection for ordinary people on the ground and this needs to change as a matter of urgency.”
Teddington Action Group, (TAG)
"The devil will very much in the detail to ensure fairness for everybody, but this is an important first step in recognizing that people matter when drawing up flight paths."
John Stewart, Chair
Heathrow Association for the Control of Aircraft Noise (HACAN)
"Airports can be a real Goliath; the noise and pollution their gigantic planes create for the unfortunate people beneath, often many miles from the end of the runway, gives them enormous power to rob entire Communities of their peace, health and well being - sometimes overnight with little warning.
Often run by wealthy financiers, an airport can change the use of the sky above us on a whim, without any consultation and sometimes even without a shred of evidence that it is really necessary.
But, the "Davids" - ordinary people all round the country who just want the right to enjoy our homes and gardens in peace - have spoken out in outrage at what has been done to them and they will not allow their lives to be blighted by ruthless corporations.
As a member of one of the many Communities now also badly affected by the actions of another GIP owned airport; Edinburgh, we are watching events around Gatwick very carefully, and we send our very best wishes that the arrivals review will bring some respite at last to the Communities so affected by the operations of the Gatwick Goliath.
"David vs Goliath it may be, but we all remember that it was David who triumphed in the end."
Stop Edinburgh Airspace Trial (SEAT)
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April 4th 2016
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