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The Horsham District derives much of its economic success from its location midway between London and the coast and its close proximity to Gatwick airport with excellent transport links: - Less than 20 minutes from Gatwick International Airport - Direct routes to London and the South Coast via M23, M25, and A24 - Good access to the South Coast ferry ports - Over 80 rail connections to London daily – fastest journey time around 48 minutes

District and County Councils oppose second runway at Gatwick

Both Horsham District Council and West Sussex County Council voted last week to make objections as part of the Airports Commission’s public consultation on airport expansion plans.

The Airports Commission’s consultation into the future of the UK’s air travel infrastructure closes on Tuesday 3rd February, and West Sussex County Council agreed on a number of improvements to the Gatwick expansion proposal as its official response in a specially convened full council meeting on Monday 19th January. In a separate vote, the County Council reversed its decision of July 2013 and voted to oppose the expansion in principle.

Two days later, Horsham District Council voted to declare its strong opposition to a second runway at Gatwick in an Extraordinary General Meeting. This opposition is based on the belief that the additional jobs created, and the corresponding new residents in the district, would have a fundamental and detrimental impact on current residents and workers. The council also raised concerns about noise pollution from overflying aircraft.

The Airports Commission will publish their final report this summer, and the final decision will be taken by the government.

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