Infrastructure Studies criticised
A study showing the amount of new infrastructure required by 2050 if second Gatwick runway is built has been severely criticised by GACC. See note for councillors.
Obscene bonus denounced
GACC has expressed shock at the report in the Sunday Times (11 September that Gatwick boss, Stewart Wingate, is in line to get a £5 million bonus if the second runway plan gets the go-ahead. Press release.
Runway decision expected October
A decision by the Government on whether a new runway is to be built at Heathrow or at Gatwick is expected to be announced in the Parliamentary session starting 10 October.
JUDICIAL REVIEW OF RUNWAY DECISION?
GACC has written to Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, to warn him that if the Government were to decide on a new runway at Gatwick for reasons of 'political expediency', we would consider seeking judicial review. This is based on advice from senior barrister John Steel QC. See letter.
GACC's press release sets out other potential grounds on which a legal challenge could be mounted. Press release.
GACC research studies published on
- New Flight Paths
- Ancient Woodland
- Wrong Place
- Heritage and Countryside
- Rail Infrastructure
- Road Infrastructure
- Crawley Urbanisation
- Gatwick Landscape
- Climate Change and a New Runway;
- Paying for a New Gatwick Runway;
- Gatwick and Tax; and
- Ambient Noise
- see Research Studies.
MPs warn of increased pollution risks with second runway. Read more.
Arrivals Review: GACC response published.
Infrastructure cost comparison misleading - go to the runway issue
Night flight shock see press release
Guide to Gatwick Environmental Groups. Here.
GACC end July newsletter gives situation on
- Runway postponed
- Crucial air quality analysis
- New Government policies
- Night flights
- Revised route 4
Subsidies for aviation
NO FUEL DUTY
APD is only one third
of the tax lost.
Air passenger duty
"The aviation companies .... already pay no tax on the fuel used in international flights, no VAT on international flights and unlike in many other countries, no VAT on domestic flights. The Government has also helped them by cutting corporation tax rate to 20% - the lowest in the G20 (group of leading world economies) - saving businesses £9.5 billion a year from 2016."
10 June 2015
GACC's response to the consultation on the future of air passenger duty. Response