Council supports Gatwick expansion

Thu 12 February 2015, 2:31 pm

Southwark Council has signaled its support for adding a second runway at Gatwick Airport.

The council leader, Councillor Peter John, has written to Stewart Wingate, the chief executive of the airport, to propose a “memorandum of understanding”, which would see the council and airport enter into a partnership to bring jobs and growth to the borough.

John said: "Government policy makes airport expansion inevitable, so we need to now make sure that any expansion offers benefits to our residents and will deliver real jobs and growth to Southwark. 

"I am backing Gatwick’s plans, which offer a real opportunity for Southwark and south London. More frequent trains for London Bridge, the opportunity for local people to access thousands of new jobs and apprenticeships and opportunities for businesses to supply the new airport will all benefit local people.

"Noise from aircraft, particularly in the south of the borough is a real headache for local people as flights come in to land at Heathrow. Gatwick flights predominantly fly south of London over less built up areas so far fewer people will be affected."