Our Mission Statement
Full dispersal • • • Maximum altitude • • • Continuous Descent
Last Friday we asked you to send an email to ArrivalsReview@gatwickairport.com, asking you to do three things:
Nominate 4 individuals for the proposed Noise Management Board, which will oversee the full implementation of the Arrivals Review's proposals in full.
Appeal for the established 2 Parish Council groupings (one West, one East) to each have a seat on the NMB, rather than 2 County Councillors drawn from the 4 Counties nearest Gatwick
Express support for fair and equitable dispersal and that all 4 major aviation stakeholders implement the Arrivals Review's proposals in full.
Hundreds of you did so, for which we are very grateful, copying us in.
Many of you have also sent us the standard reply you received from Gatwick (below) which states individuals cannot actually nominate directly to the NMB, asking us what you should do now.
Frankly, it appears to us the make-up of the Noise Management Board is very definitely still up for discussion and whether or not your nominations are individually taken into account, there can be absolutely no doubt whatsoever that once again your voice will have registered with Gatwick.
We will try and reply to you all individually but given the overwhelming numbers this may take some time.
I have clarified with the Arrivals Review coordinator that points 2 and 3 of your messages to them will very definitely be registered.
We will keep you posted on developments with the NMB make-up, and will be back to you the moment we need your help again.
Remember the end-game in all of this is to ensure the Arrivals Review's proposals are implemented in full, with fair and equitable dispersal guaranteed.
The NMB is a part of this, but so are all our discussions with senior representatives of NATS, Gatwick and the CAA, as well as our Judicial Review.
The 6 major groups to the East of Gatwick are united, well-resourced, communicating regularly and entirely focused on bringing that full implementation.
Enjoy your weekend in the sun. May it be peaceful.
Gatwick Obviously Not
Points 2 and 3 of the email you sent, duly noted by Gatwick:
I strongly believe it is entirely wrong for the two 'Local Council Representatives' to be drawn from a pool of County Councillors on a rotating basis. Instead, I urge the NMB to engage with the Parish Council groupings that have emerged specifically to fight for the rights of their parishioners for quieter airspace. (The High Weald Aviation Action Group and the Association of Parish Councils Aviation Group). Between them they formally represent over 30 Parish Councils.
Both groups fully support the need for fair and equitable dispersal. It is essential that all four major aviation stakeholders (NATS, Gatwick, CAA and DfT) engage together to fully implement all the proposals in the Review.
The standard reply from Gatwick to your emails:
---- Original Message ----
From: DD - Arrivals Review ArrivalsReview@gatwickairport.com
Sent: Wed, 4 May 2016
Subject: RE: The Arrivals Review, re the Noise Management Board
Thank you for your response. The Noise Management Board nomination process requires that Parish, Town or Borough Councils make any nomination on behalf of residents. Individuals are not eligible to vote directly for the NMB.
I encourage you to engage with your elected local council to communicate your views and to urge them to contribute to the nomination process.
Your e-mail has been registered as a part of the arrivals review feedback.
Arrivals Review Team
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May 7th 2016
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