I regret to say whoever is saying a vote for Runway Option 1 is a vote for Runway Option 3 is very seriously misinformed.
For those tempted to believe such erroneous statements, I would urge them to see the ‘Exhibitionette’ at Ifield Court Hotel this month, before completing Gatwick’s Consultation form.
The Airports Commission will only be investigating ‘Three Schemes’ - Options 1, 2 and 3. The Commission will not - repeat not - be investigating any alternative options, such as the ‘No Runway’ option.
Therefore, as I see it, only comments relating to Options 1, 2 or 3 will be investigated. All other comments, however laudable, will not be investigated.
Options 2 and 3 will create maximum profit to the airport owners, and maximum destruction to the local community.
Land has already been set aside for Option 1, which was agreed upon when West Sussex County Council and British Airports Authority drew up their legal agreement in 1979, and which ends in 2019.
Therefore, Option 1 should be voted for - as this option will be
investigated by the Airports Commission.
Option 2 and 3 would be catastrophic for the local community - and beyond.
RICHARD W. SYMONDS
The Ifield Society, Ifield Street, Ifield Village