Brighton and Hove City Council set to back Gatwick expansion

Posted On 12 Nov 2015 at 2:31 pm

Brighton and Hove councillors are set to back the expansion of Gatwick at a meeting this evening.

Gatwick Bridge by Adrian Scottow on Flickr

Gatwick Bridge by Adrian Scottow on Flickr

A motion proposed by leader of the council, Labour’s Warren Morgan, and seconded by the Conservative’s economic development spokesperson Cllr Gary Peltzer Dunn asks the council to write to David Cameron in support of a second runway at the Sussex airport.

A report published in July which said Heathrow should be expanded rather than Gatwick was slammed by the city’s business leaders.

But it was also criticised by local environmentalists who say that neither airport should be expanded.

Tonight’s motion says: “The economic development and culture committee notes the Government is currently reviewing the potential expansion of Gatwick and Heathrow Airports.

“In this regard it recognises that there are associated economic and regeneration benefits that the City and Greater Brighton Region would enjoy should Gatwick be chosen.

“This committee therefore requests the chief executive to write to the prime minister and the secretary of state for transport expressing the council’s support for the expansion of Gatwick Airport.”

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