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Gatwick’s Big Enough – a 2nd runway at Gatwick would be ‘disaster for the climate’
2021-09-10 07:05:00
Protesters, organised through the Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign (GACC), gathered near the airport, chanting ‘Gatwick is big enough’, to express their opposition to the airport’s plans to convert its standby runway into a runway for routine flights. Campaigners, residents and councillors held a peaceful demonstration next to a noise monitor in Charlwood, to coincide with the midnight launch of Gatwick’s public consultation into its proposed expansion. Operating as a 2-runway airport would see Gatwick increase its annual passenger capacity from 62 million to 75m by 2038  – making it almost as large as Heathrow today. GACC chairman, Peter Barclay said the expansion of the airport would have negative impacts for people over a wide area – in terms of noise and air pollution, more night noise and sleep deprivation, and impacts on local infrastructure.  All that affects people’s quality of life. While humanity urgently needs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, if we are to avoid the most catastrophic impacts of climate change, it makes no sense d to allow Gatwick to expand, adding another 1 million tonnes of CO2 emissions per year. .Tweet Gatwick second runway protesters rally against airport’s expansion proposals Campaigners chanted ‘Gatwick is big enough’ next to a noise monitor in Charlwood By Get Surrey 9.9.2021 Campaigners, residents and councillors held a peaceful demonstration at 4.15pm on Wednesday (September 8), next to a noise monitor in Charlwood, to coincide with the midnight launch of Gatwick’s public consultation into its proposed expansion. The West Sussex airport, the second busiest in the UK, is pressing ahead with plans to bring its emergency runway into regular use despite a collapse in demand caused by the pandemic. Operating as a two-runway airport would see Gatwick increase its annual passenger capacity from 62m to 75m by 2038. Around 1m passengers travelled through Gatwick in the first seven months of this year. That total was reached after just 10 days in 2019. Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign (GACC), founded in 1968, is behind the protest staged on Wednesday. GACC chairman, Peter Barclay from Charlwood, explained: “Our concerns are about the impact that [the second runway] will have on local residents around the area, not just on the northern side but completely around the airport. “The growth forecast there will take Gatwick to an airport almost the size of Heathrow. “One can only imagine the impact that has in terms of noise and air pollution, climate change most importantly and impacts on local infrastructure.” Chants of ‘Gatwick’s big enough’ were heard at the demonstration in Glebe Field on Wednesday afternoon as protesters held placards and posters saying the same. Mr Barclay added: “I often get the argument if you don’t like it, move away. But people have been here far longer than the airport has, we’ve got generations of people living in the community of Charlwood that go back to Domesday. “This is the village people love, why should we be moving because a global corpora

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