Local campaign GACC sets out the actions…

Local campaign GACC sets out the actions needed for Gatwick to “build back better”
2020-10-15 14:36:00
The local campaign group, GACC (Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign) has set out the steps that need to be taken to ensure Gatwick does “build back better.”  Gatwick’s operations and the flights it facilitates need to become compatible with climate change imperatives and  the airport must reduce its noise and other environmental impacts, in contrast to what has been happening at the airport during the past decade. At a meeting of the airport’s statutory consultative committee, GATCOM, on 15th October, GACC laid out a series of national and local measures needed to build Gatwick back better. GACC’s full statement  The measures include setting legally enforceable zero carbon targets for aviation; ensuring aviation pays a higher, fairer, contribution towards public finances through more equitable taxes, focused particularly on frequent flyers; phasing out of public subsidies that distort the industry’s economics; putting in place effective noise regulation; and ending night flights, that negatively impact people’s health and welfare. There also needs to be diversification around Gatwick, so the area is no longer so economically dependent on one sector. Gatwick should not be allowed to even to return to its 2019 size, let alone expand. .Tweet   GACC SETS OUT ACTIONS NEEDED TO BUILD GATWICK BACK BETTER 15th October 2020 GACC (Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign) press release GACC has today set out the steps that need to be taken to ensure Gatwick’s operations and the flights it facilitates become compatible with climate change imperatives and that the airport reduces its noise and other environmental impacts, in contrast to the airport of the past decade. At a meeting of the airport’s statutory consultative committee, GATCOM, GACC laid out a series of national and local measures needed to build Gatwick back better. GACC’s full statement is available at http://www.gacc.org.uk/latest-news.php . Key measures include: Setting legally enforceable zero carbon targets for aviation, as recommended by the government’s official advisers, the Committee on Climate Change. Ensuring aviation pays a higher, fairer, contribution towards public finances through more equitable taxes, focused particularly on frequent flyers. Phasing out of public subsidies that distort the industry’s economics, stimulate unsustainable demand and oblige the general taxpayer to support the small proportion of people who choose to fly frequently. Raising consumer awareness of aviation’s climate and other impacts. Putting in place effective environmental and noise regulation that limits the industry’s climate, environmental, noise and health impacts. No night flights. People’s health and welfare should be put ahead of cheap holidays for a small section of society and airline profits. There should be no more night flights at Gatwick. GACC also called for investment in communities a

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