Gatwick Issues

Gatwick Airport is a major provider of employment and business activity to the entire area.  Jeremy is keen to work with the airport in the interests of the community and expects them to act as a good neighbour.  

While we welcome the positive economic impact of Gatwick it is incumbent on the Airport to do its utmost to reduce aircraft noise and the negative impact of its services on the community.  Expansion in the number of flights and passengers must also be seen in the context of the impact on local road and rail infrastructure and the wider environment.

Jeremy actively supported expansion at Heathrow rather than Gatwick which he believed was the right answer for the U.K. for reasons including respective international connectivity, resilient domestic travel links and the opportunity for freight.  Had Gatwick expansion been approved he was also concerned at the potential impact on local infrastructure, especially already often overburdened road and rail services and housing provision. He was pleased the independent Davies Commission, the Government and Parliament all came to the same conclusion.

Jeremy took a close interest in the actions of the Gatwick Coordination Group of MPs and both with the Group and individually he is in regular contact with the Airport, campaign groups and the Department for Transport on behalf of constituents.

Please see below for latest updates from Jeremy on Gatwick issues:


Ensuring Airport Growth Benefits All

Last week I spoke out in a Commons debate on noise mitigation at Gatwick Airport. This provided an important opportunity to remind both Gatwick and the Government of the impact that aircraft noise has upon our communities.

Heathrow Decision in the National Interest

Like so many in Horsham, I am delighted by the Heathrow announcement.  The Government preference for Heathrow expansion is firmly in our national interest and will provide a major economic boost.

Good News on Airport Expansion

The Government announced this morning their preference for expansion at Heathrow. There was no suggestion in the announcement that expansion would also proceed at Gatwick. In line with the Davies Commission this was a straight forward binary choice and the preference is Heathrow.

It's Time to Resolve the Airport Debate

GACC (the Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign) is the local group which campaigns on issues around Gatwick.  I attended their AGM last year and was invited this week to their next.  By the time it is called I very much hope we will have a decision on the Airport Debate.   This has been hanging ove

The Olympics and Public Transport

For those of us who can remember the Olympics of the recent past it is wonderful to see not only great sporting achievement in Rio but so much of it coming from British athletes. 

MPs Welcome Heathrow’s Acceptance of Expansion Conditions

The Gatwick Coordination Group (GCG) MPs welcomed the announcement by Heathrow Airport Ltd that they accept the implementation of all the recommendations of the Airports Commission, for example, the recommended ban on night flights at Heathrow.

This Week in Parliament

This week in Parliament involves “ping-pong”: legislation is sent back and forth from the Commons and Lords as the two Houses try and agree before the session ends.  It is also the run-up to the “Queen’s Speech”.  Both serve to concentrate MPs minds on best possible outcomes. 

Westminster Hall Debate on Aircraft Noise

On Wednesday 20th April, I spoke in a Westminster Hall debate in Parliament on the effect of aircraft noise on local communities. I spoke of the horrific impact if Government were to go against the clear recommendation of the Davies Commission by approving a second runway at Gatwick Airport.