UPDATE: The Gatwick Independent Arrivals Review published its recommendations on 31st March. Gatwick's response and proposed Action Plan can be viewed at – http://www.gatwickairport.com/business-community/aircraft-noise/airspac… All residents wishing to respond should provide feedback to ArrivalsReview@gatwickairport.com so that your views can be considered in the full analysis of responses. The deadline for submitting feedback is 16th May 2016.
"Following the well-attended public meeting held in Warnham at which Horsham MP Jeremy Quin arranged for local residents to make their views on aircraft noise known direct to the independent commission appointed by Gatwick he followed-up this week in Parliament. Working with MPs from across Sussex Jeremy met once again with the independent commission but on this occasion they were joined by Gatwick Chairman Sir Roy McNulty.
Jeremy made clear to Sir Roy that history was not on Gatwick's side when it comes to convincing local communities that Gatwick is a "good neighbour" and that any exercise like this is greeted with understandable cynicism. Sir Roy was very open that he was fully aware of that concern and that Gatwick will judged not on setting up the Commission but on its delivery of the Commissions Report (due in January). The Report is expected to detail means to deliver quieter Arrivals and better local communication and complaints procedures. Most of the techniques for combatting excessive noise have been around for years - its a question of proper application.
Although the meeting in Parliament (like the Commission) was established to discuss Arrivals Jeremy also raised Departures which is of great if not greater concern to local residents. He was delighted to receive confirmation from Sir Roy that Gatwick will be undertaking a review into Departures in the coming year.
Jeremy Quin commented
"The Independent Commission on Arrivals will I believe produce a solid report - the proof of Gatwick's sincerity will come in its implementation. Gatwick have now also committed to tackle in the coming year the issue of Departures - a project that cannot come too soon."
On the evening of Friday 27th November2015 Jeremy Quin MP for Horsham hosted a very well attended public meeting in Warnham for local residents to express their concerns and experiences to the Independent Commission for Airport Noise during the consultation ahead of their report on noise generated by arrivals to Gatwick Airport which is sue for publication in late January.
The meeting was attended by over 150 local residents from the Horsham constituency. Attendees were given a thirty minute presentation by Bo Redborn and Graham Lake who explained that following pressure from local MP’s, including Jeremy Quin along with pressure from the Government following an increase in noise complaints from local residents Gatwick Airport have commissioned the review.
Following the presentation Jeremy Quin chaired a question and answer session, where local residents had the opportunity to question the commission and offer their personal experiences relating to the disturbances they experience as a result of aircraft at Gatwick Airport. Questions ranged from the frequency of flight, possible changes in flight paths to reduce noise to why the commission are only reporting on arrivals and not departures.
Bo & Graham answered all questions residents posed and explained that they would ensure that Gatwick Airport were left under no illusion as to the feeling of the local community. As a member of the Gatwick Co-Ordination group, Jeremy Quin has been vocal in his opposition to a second runway at Gatwick whilst championing all commercial benefits Horsham already has to offer.
Jeremy said ‘I am thrilled to have seen so many residents at my public meeting last Friday. To have had such a good turnout has shown the commission the strength of feeling in our communities when considering the noise generated from Gatwick. I thank Bo and Graham for attending the meeting and look forward to receiving their proposals in January’.
Please see the attached documents for a copy of the powerpoint presentation made on the night by the Independent Commission for Airport Noise.