MP Calls for Reconsideration of Flawed Consultation

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GREG CLARK, MP for Tunbridge Wells, has called on Gatwick Airport Ltd to reconsider the “flawed” consultation on aircraft noise and emissions, which closes next week, urging them to “go back to the drawing board.”

In a letter seen exclusively by the Courier, the Minister for Universities, Science and Cities slams the controversial consultation, which has caused outrage among his constituents, not just for what it proposes but for how the consultation has been managed.

Concerns that Gatwick may be trialling a ‘superhighway’ have been raised by campaigners, although repeatedly denied by the airport, who say that an increase in noise recently is due to a seasonal trend, with more families jetting off on holiday in the summer months.

In the letter, sent yesterday to Stewart Wingate, the chief executive of Gatwick Airport Ltd, Mr Clark wrote: “Many of my constituents are affected by flights at Gatwick. While we benefit from the proximity of an international airport in terms of convenience and employment, the impact in terms of noise and disturbance is very significant.

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