Conservative Group Leader, Geoffrey Theobald has expressed his disappointment at today’s announcement that the Government has rejected a second runway at Gatwick airport in favour of a third runway at Heathrow.
Cllr Theobald commented “We are very disappointed that the Government has chosen not to support the expansion of Gatwick Airport. The potential benefits of a second runway for the city, local businesses and residents were hugely significant in terms of delivering jobs, apprenticeships and boosting the local economy.”
This is despite the local Conservative Group and Brighton & Hove City Council as a whole expressing its strong support for a second runway at Gatwick and the Chief Executive writing to the Prime Minister to offer the council’s support for expansion at Gatwick.
Cllr Theobald added “In terms of moving forward, I know that spokespersons for Gatwick airport have previously said that they could take the project forward without public money from Government and I would implore them to do so.
“In the meantime, the Conservative Group will continue to push for the expansion of Gatwick airport for the benefit of the city and its residents.”