Councils submit conflicting last-minute responses to Gatwick Airport expansion

 

Councils are at loggerheads over plans for a new runway at Gatwick Airport, as public consultation on expansion plans comes to a close.

Southwark LBC and Sevenoaks DC have today lodged opposing eleventh hour responses to development of a second runway at Gatwick Airport. The comments came as the Airports Commission this morning finished gathering public responses to three short-listed developments in the southeast, which include developments at Gatwick and either a third runway or extensions to an existing runway at Heathrow.

Sevenoaks DC has announced it opposes expansion at Gatwick, raising concerns about the impact of aircraft noise in the district and potential traffic congestion.

Cllr Robert Piper, Sevenoaks’ cabinet member for planning, said the council was ‘not satisfied that the development of a second runway would be delivered along with a reduction in existing noise impacts’ and lodged further calls for Gatwick to combat existing sound pollution.

Yet the announcement was met by Southwark LBC, which today threw its weight behind Gatwick Airport’s bid for expansion.

Councillors at the London borough said the plans would help make the case for higher capacity on local transport links, support 5,000 people into work and deliver significant economic growth.

Southwark LBC has written to the chief executive of Gatwick Airport, Steve Wingate, to propose a partnership between the airport and council designed to support local economic growth and development opportunities.

Council leader, Cllr Peter John, said: ‘Government policy makes airport expansion inevitable, so we need to make sure now 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.’

A spokesperson for Gatwick Airport welcomed Southwark LBC’s support, adding that ‘we look forward to working more closely with Southwark and other London councils to realise these benefits should Gatwick get the green light to expand’.

‘While obviously disappointed at the decision of Sevenoaks DC, we continue to believe that expanding Gatwick will bring a huge boost for the local economy for decades to come, including thousands of jobs, apprenticeships and opportunities for local businesses. We will continue to work closely with the council and do as much as possible to reduce the impact of aircraft noise on local resident,’ the spokesperson added.

Businesses today came out in support of increasing aviation capacity in the UK, with professional services provider KPMG claiming it was the ‘only way’ the country can ‘defend and grow its competitive position’.

KPMG’s global head of aviation, James Stamp, said: ‘The debate about new runways in the UK is not just about where to lay 3,000 metres of concrete; it is a debate that is fundamentally about how we secure our future economic prosperity. Within a decade, over half of global growth will be driven by emerging economies, and we need to make sure we are connected to that growth engine.’

 
comments powered by Disqus
 
 
highways jobs

Highways Estimator

Ringway
Competitive Salary
As the Highways Estimator you will join a busy environment and become an integral part of the team. Hounslow (London Borough), London (Greater)
Recuriter: Ringway

County Highways Manager

Lincolnshire County Council
£55,503 - £60,578
Seeking a highly motivated leader and an excellent communicator, who has a proven ability to build relationships and trust, leading by example. Lincolnshire
Recuriter: Lincolnshire County Council

Local Highways Manager (East) - Lincolnshire County Council

Lincolnshire County Council
G12 £43,662 - £50,430
Seeking someone who combines excellent technical knowledge with a dedication to the customer. Lincolnshire
Recuriter: Lincolnshire County Council

Assistant Director (Planning, Regeneration & Transport)

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
£87,791 per annum  
This is an exciting time to join Rotherham and make a real difference. We are looking for an outstanding Assistant Director who will bring... Rotherham, South Yorkshire
Recuriter: Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

Corporate Director

Islington London Borough Council
Up to £135k
You will share our values and be passionate about helping us shape the Islington of the future. Islington, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Islington London Borough Council

Assistant Engineer

Cambridgeshire County Council
£21,074 - £30,756
Looking for strong team players interested in working with a variety of professional and community partners across Cambridgeshire. Cambridgeshire
Recuriter: Cambridgeshire County Council

Junior Energy Manager Apprentice

Brent Council
£15,000 p.a. inc.
The right person for this job will be pro-active and innovative in finding a way forward. Wembley, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Brent Council

Career Grade Drainage Engineer

Swindon Borough Council
£19,092 to £40,680 p.a
Working in the asset management team, you’ll support the work of the Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) and Highways Authority. Swindon, Wiltshire
Recuriter: Swindon Borough Council

Highway Construction Project Manager

Brent Council
£50,442 - £53,526 p.a. inc.
We are looking for an accomplished highway construction project manager to support the delivery of two high priority highway schemes. Brent, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Brent Council

Traffic Signals & UTMC Manager

Bristol City Council
£42,683 - £45,591
Looking for someone with proven management experience, enthusiasm, creativity, vision and good communication skills. City of Bristol
Recuriter: Bristol City Council

Principal Highways Project Engineer

Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council
£34,106 - £35,229 per annum
The post holder will be responsible for project managing the delivery of two highway projects on the Key Route Network. Knowsley (Metropolitan borough), Merseyside
Recuriter: Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Traffic Schemes Officer

Oxfordshire County Council
£22,021 - £29,636 per annum
An exciting opportunity has arisen to play a central role with the Traffic Team in the maintenance of the highway network... Kidlington, Oxfordshire
Recuriter: Oxfordshire County Council

Traffic Engineer

Telford & Wrekin Council
£29,055 to £30,756
This is an exciting opportunity to join Telford & Wrekin Council’s Traffic Management Team! Telford, Shropshire
Recuriter: Telford & Wrekin Council

Assistant Engineer – Traffic Regulation

Telford & Wrekin Council
£23,866 to £25,463
This is an exciting opportunity to join Telford & Wrekin Council’s Traffic Management Team. Telford, Shropshire
Recuriter: Telford & Wrekin Council

Environment Officer

Kirklees Metropolitan Council
£29,909 – £32,233 Grade 11 - £33,136 - £35,229
All Environment Officers lead, project manage and/or co-ordinate large environmental projects... Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
Recuriter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Highways Quantity Surveyor

Leicester City Council
£30,756 - £33,136 pro-rata per annum
Working in the Highways Maintenance Group, you will be responsible for the operational highway maintenance activities Leicester, Leicestershire
Recuriter: Leicester City Council

Highways Engineer/Inspector

Royal Borough of Greenwich
£22956 - £32637 per annum
Highways Engineer/Inspector - PermanentThere are plenty of reasons to take a closer look at Royal Greenwich.Royal Greenwich is undergoing a huge trans England, London, Woolwich
Recuriter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Senior Project Engineer

Derbyshire County Council
Grade 13 £39,867 - £43,282 per annum
Derbyshire County Council is looking for an enthusiastic, enterprising and experienced laboratory manager Derbyshire
Recuriter: Derbyshire County Council

Engineer - Bridges

Cambridgeshire County Council
£32,825 - £35,401
We have a vacancy for a Structures Engineer working within the Bridge’s team! Cambridgeshire
Recuriter: Cambridgeshire County Council

Engineer

Cambridgeshire County Council
£32,825 - £35,401
You will be required to lead the delivery of a wide range of highway improvements and maintenance projects... Cambridgeshire
Recuriter: Cambridgeshire County Council