Gatwick Airport has received a bitter blow this week, as Kent County Council have withdrawn their backing of the airport’s expansion plans.
The decision comes over new flight paths by the airport that have, according to Council Leader, Paul Carter, become ‘intolerable for people living in the Bidborough, Chiddingston and Speldhurst areas’.
Mr Carter said, “What has changed big time is that the National Air Traffic Control have started to implement changes in flight paths.”
And the Kent Councillor isn’t alone. Five MPs from neighbouring regions have also expressed their concerns over new flight paths – MPs in Kent, Surrey and Sussex, whilst also expressing their concerns over the second runway expansion plans at a meeting last weekend hosted by the Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign.
Gatwick Airport have responded to such comments, with their Commission Director, Alastair McDermid, saying that the airport had changed flight paths to decrease the amount of homes affected. Adding that those houses affected by noise from a second runway would be compensated with £1,000, along with receiving insulation grants.
Mr Carter added, “This has brought to our attention the concentration in flight paths but also that the number of night flights at Gatwick is about three and a half times the number at Heathrow, which is a massive issue.”