Gatwick expansion debate comes to Putney tonight

A public meeting takes place in Putney this evening where local residents will hear the case for Gatwick expansion and have the opportunity to question senior officials from the airport.

A second debate focused on the two options for expanding Heathrow will follow on November 27.

The Airports Commission, headed by Sir Howard Davies, will recommend capacity is expanded at either Gatwick or Heathrow next year and a public consultation is now underway to test the public’s views.

The two Putney debates will give Wandsworth residents a chance to have their say and find out how each scheme could affect them.

For both meetings residents are encouraged to arrive slightly before 8pm to find a seat in time for the debate.

GATWICK EXPANSION MEETING

8pm, Thursdays 13 November, St Mary’s Church, Putney High Street

Speakers:

  • Ravi Govindia, Wandsworth Council Leader
  • Justine Greening, Putney MP
  • Nick Dunn, Chief Financial Officer, Gatwick Airport
  • Charles Kirwan-Taylor, Director of Corporate Affairs and Sustainability, Gatwick Airport

HEATHROW EXPANSION MEETING

8pm, Thursday 27 November, St Mary’s Church, Putney High Street

Speakers:

  • Ravi Govindia, Wandsworth Council Leader
  • Justine Greening, Putney MP
  • John Stewart, Chair, HACAN
  • Matt Gorman, Sustainability & Environment Director, Heathrow Airport
  • Kevin Harman, Heathrow Hub

Cllr Ravi Govindia said:

“We now know Sir Howard Davies will recommend either Heathrow or Gatwick for expansion at some point after next year’s General Election. All other options have been ruled out.

“This choice could have a profound impact on the quality of life in Wandsworth and on the future of our transport system.

“If you are concerned with the aviation debate then I urge you to attend. This is a chance to learn more about the schemes, question the airport officials and to find out what you can do to influence this important decision.”

Find out more about the council’s aviation policies at www.wandsworth.gov.uk/aviation.

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