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SECOND RUNWAY SPECULATION

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National newspapers have suggested that the government's studies on the future of airports will result in extra run...
National newspapers have suggested that the government's studies on the future of airports will result in extra runways being proposed for Gatwick, Heathrow and Stansted.

Consultation on the results of the studies is expected to take place this spring. Cllr Doug Murdoch, executive member for planning and economic development for Crawley BC commented: 'As a council we have supported the growth of Gatwick as a single runway airport with two terminals. Previous proposals for an additional runway at Gatwick have raised enormous environmental issues and have been opposed by the borough council for that reason.

'We have, however, consistently urged the government to provide an up-to-date framework for airport development to provide a context for local decision making. The growing speculation about that framework underlines the urgency for bringing proposals into the public domain.

'It would be inappropriate to comment on the current speculation. There are many different scenarios which could emerge when the government finally produces its consultation. When they do emerge we will have to consider how to respond taking into account the environmental and economic effects of the proposals for Crawley and the wider area around Gatwick. This issue will not be straightforward and our response will need to recognise not just the consequences of a new runway at Gatwick but also the consequences for the Gatwick area of development being focussed elsewhere in the South East.'

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