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Croydon backs Gatwick expansion


Six out of 10 Croydon residents back plans to expand Gatwick Airport with a second runway.
nGiven a straight choice between building a new runway at Gatwick or at Heathrow, 58 per cent of Croydon residents opted for Gatwick in the latest YouGov poll.
nStewart Wingate, London Gatwick chief executive officer, said he was encouraged by public support for the airport’s expansion plans. “These results represent the widespread view of people from across our local communities,” he said.
nYouGov’s poll, conducted across three days in September with a weighted sample group of 1,009 people, revealed that 60 per cent of Croydon residents said that the advantages of expanding Gatwick outweighed the disadvantages for ‘me and my family’, compared to 23 per cent who disagreed.
nOn the headline issue of whether residents preferred Gatwick expansion to Heathrow enlargement, 58 per cent said Gatwick, 27 per cent said Heathrow, and 14 per cent were undecided.
nSixty-two per cent of those surveyed in Croydon believed that enlarging Gatwick would help to create a better balance of airports across the UK.
nMr Wingate, a former director of Stansted and Glasgow airports, added: “We are not complacent, however, and we recognise that our plans would have an impact on many residents.
n“We are determined to do everything we can to minimise the impacts and maximise the benefits for local people. After listening carefully to what local people told us during the public consultation, we have designed a £250 million package of pledges designed to tackle many of the concerns that were raised.”