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Heritage and countryside research study launched. 

The report describes how a second runway would mean demolishing 17 listed buildings - more than at any time since the second world war, and degrading much beautiful countryside and heritage sites. 

Read more

Press release


Seen here at Rowley, grade 2* house threatened with demolition. From left, Brendon Sewill, GACC; Henry VIII (because Rowley was once owned by the family of Catherine Howard); Henry Smith MP.  Second row:  Sally Pavey, CAGNE: Duncan Leslie Hever castle; David Johnson Sussex CPRE (also representing Surrey and Sussex CPRE); Sir Charles Burrell, Knepp Estate. 

Runway decision postponed - again

GACC recognises that, when it is not known who the next Prime Minister or Cabinet will be, it is inevitable that the runway decision is delayed - until October at the earliest.  But we consider that Gatwick's attempt to say that this increases their chances is 'whistling in the wind'.  See press release (30 June 2016).


Arrivals Review:  GACC response published.

Research studies published on

  • 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.

Anger at Gatwick bosses' bonuses. See press release.

Arrivals Review published.  GACC gives a guarded welcome, read more.

Infrastructure cost comparison misleading - go to the runway issue

Night flight shock see press release

Guide to Gatwick Environmental Groups.  Here.

 Airports Commission recommends Heathrow

GACC says relief but no rejoicing. 

No need for any new runway.

See press release



GACC Response

See The runway issue




APD is only one third

of the tax lost.

Air passenger duty

On 10 June 2015 a Treasury spokeswoman said:

"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."

In the March 2015 Budget, the Chancellor resisted airline lobbying, and kept the main rates of air passenger duty (APD) unchanged.

That was in accord with GACC's response to the consultation on the future of air passenger duty.  Response

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