Despite Dr Smith’s allegations, I do not think I have actually said I positively support a second runway at Gatwick.
What I have said is that I do not support the proposals for a third runway at Heathrow, as it would be of limited use operationally.
If we were to expand Heathrow properly, it would need two extra full length runways and I think the environmental problems alone would preclude this option.
I also put forward the view that a new ‘Boris Island’ London Airport would be fabulously expensive; very environmentally unacceptable; and if built, would mean the closure of Heathrow and probably Gatwick as well.
What I have said, is that when we consider any expansion of Gatwick, we should look at all aspects of any proposals before reaching a decision.
We should not just accept the strident and selective views of single issue groups and individuals who are working towards some other agenda and demand we do what they say.
(Con) Horsham district councillor for Holbrook West,North Street, Horsham