West Sussex County Council opposes second runway at Gatwick Airport

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West Sussex County Council has voted to oppose a second runway at Gatwick Airport.

After approving its draft response to the Airports Commission, councillors voted by a margin of 37 to 26 against the authority’s leadership in favour of a motion expressing ‘its opposition to a new runway to expand Gatwick Airport’.

JPCT 190115 S15031212x protesters outside WSCC meeting on Gatwick Airport County Hall North. Horsham -photo by Steve Cobb SUS-150119-122051001

JPCT 190115 S15031212x protesters outside WSCC meeting on Gatwick Airport County Hall North. Horsham -photo by Steve Cobb SUS-150119-122051001

Conservative Peter Griffiths put forward the motion as an amendment to one put forward by fellow Tory Bill Acraman, 18 months after the county council voted to support a second runway ‘in principle’ subject to environmental considerations.

Some supported expansion at Gatwick due to potential economic benefits, but the majority raised serious concerns about the current state of West Sussex’s infrastructure.