Council backs Gatwick’s second runway proposal

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Proposals for a second runway at Gatwick Airport have been backed by Eastbourne Borough Council.

The council gave its support last week after a debate brought up by the Tory MP hopeful for Eastbourne Caroline Ansell.

Mrs Ansell, who also represents Meads on the council, said a second runway at the busy international airport would be a golden ticket for growth and prosperity locally.

“Gatwick delivers our most pressing need which is connectivity and tourism, conferences, language schools and core strands of our local economy, will rise or fall on our transport links.

“Our ability to attract new business and see new jobs created again, all rests on our transport links. And there could be other advances too. Government investment has always followed decisions around airport capacity and a second runway at Gatwick could create a cascade of road infrastructure improvements; we could finally see the improvements to the A27, so long campaigned for.”

Mrs Ansell said she would be at a briefing by Sir Howard Davies of the Airport Commission in London next month adding, “There is a window of opportunity to press the case for Gatwick.

“This motion has at heart the prosperity of the town today and the prospects of our children tomorrow. I am delighted that we can add our voice to the debate.”

She has the backing of her fellow Conservatives on the council and some Liberal Democrats who voted in favour of a motion she put forward.