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Latest Update -  April 2017

As we approach summer it would be wonderful to report that the skies above Wisborough Green and our neighbouring villages were going to be better than last year, indeed that they would return to what now seems like the Halcyon Days of 2013 and earlier, but I cannot. In fact, prepare yourself for another summer of arriving aircraft overhead.

This depressing news is despite the Gatwick Independent Arrivals Review and the hope that its contents generated the establishment of the Gatwick Noise Management Board, on which I sit, and the many other promised measures. It is a fact that the wheels of the aviation industry turn exceptionally slowly and require much encouragement. Depending upon what we are attempting to achieve this involves obtaining the agreement and securing action from, variously, Gatwick Airport itself, the Civil Aviation Authority, the National Air Traffic Service and the Department for Transport and then the cooperation of airlines.

For example, you will all be aware that the arrivals swathe was widened on 15th August last year. Getting the swathe now used to its full extent, and providing the respite we crave, is a challenge because there are so many aviation reasons why this is problematic. Seeking the workarounds to this impasse is a challenge for all involved.

In summary, don’t expect any great improvements soon but do accept that the battle continues.  

                        Peter Drummond, Parish Councillor & Chair, APCAG


July 2016

At the Parish Council meeting on 21st June 2016, Wisborough Green Parish Council was pleased to receive an update from members of the Communities Against Gatwick Air Emissions (CAGNE). In the Council’s earlier updates, it was reported that CAGNE had opposed the widening of the arrivals swathe. CAGNE clarified at this meeting that it does not oppose the widening of the swathe and is keen to see the swathe moved to the west towards Haslemere and to see changes to the stacking system to reduce its impact. CAGNE very much advocates the principle of fair and equitable distribution for all and is keen that all community groups should work together to achieve this aim. Click here for the latest CAGNE update.

Noise Management Board: We have previously reported on the establishment of this Board which was one of the recommendations from the Arrivals Review. Unfortunately, the Arrivals Review team created an election/selection process for the Community Representatives which created some ambiguity. The original proposal was for two Community Representatives (individuals), one from the east and one from the west of the airport, plus named alternates, to be voted for by invited community organisations and Parish Councils. Many groups considered two representatives to be too few, having an inadequate voice and an unacceptable workload for volunteers. It was resolved to demand an additional two Community Representatives which was accepted and votes cast accordingly. The Arrivals Review team stated that, if there was no negotiated change to the Community Representatives, then the four names that topped the ballot would serve. Having been placed third, it was on this basis that Peter Drummond, Wisborough Green Parish Councillor and member of the newly established group for our area, APCAG, reported that he had been elected to the Board.

Concerns about the process were raised, culminating in a meeting of most Gatwick Community Groups to discuss. It was therefore agreed to create four ‘pairings’ of groups (not individuals) and that they would rotate the seat/alternate positions. APCAG was paired with HWCAAG, the High Weald grouping of Parish Councils.
The Parish Council is pleased to report that the inaugural meeting of the Noise Management Board was held on 21st June. Full details of the meeting will not be published until the minutes have been circulated and agreed, but it is understood that progress is being made on many fronts. As soon as this information is available, we will update the website.

Second Runway: There is little to report. It is unclear when the Government will be announcing any further decisions, but as you may have seen in the press, the announcement is now anticipated in October. We will keep you posted.


June 2016 - Cllr Peter Drummond and Chair of APCAG

Since the last update there has been frantic activity but little to actually show for it – my feeling is that corners are about to be turned.

2nd RUNWAY: It is hard to work out what is happening on the runway decision. We are set up to send personalised emails to every member of, and senior civil servants involved with, the Cabinet Runway sub-committee but we cannot discern what is going on. We simply don’t know what buttons to press. I had a meeting with Nick Herbert, our MP, recently and he said that he couldn’t remember something being played quite so close to the Government’s chest (my words not his).

APCAG: To the east of the airport is a campaigning group made up solely of elected councils, HWCAAG (if you need to know what it stands for Google it!) is a powerful organisation that represents 26 Councils and carries the authority of representing tens of thousands of people; no similar group, until recently, existed to the west of the airport.

Following the publication of the Arrivals Review, CAGNE, a long established campaign group to the west of the airport, opposed one of the report’s key recommendations, the widening of the swathe at which arriving aircraft join the ILS (the straight-in instrument led final approach to the runway). Ian Hare (Chairman of the Pulborough group PAGNE) and I realised that this was condemning people who, pre 2013, had experienced virtually no arriving aircraft were being subject to concentrated, life sapping, arrivals. Ian and I felt these people were not being adequately represented in the aviation debate and so, with much help from some extraordinary people (you know who you are), we established The Association of Parish Councils Aviation Group, the pithily acronymic, APCAG. APCAG is democratic, has agreed objectives and will pursue those on behalf of its member Councils. (There is a bit of news at the end of this note.)
APCAG now represents eight Parish Councils, almost 21,800 people, and will grow: strength in numbers.

ARRIVALS REVIEW: Last time I reported, the Arrivals Review had reported but we were waiting for Gatwick’s response; it came on 31st March and Gatwick ‘accepted or were minded to accept’ all 23 recommendations. This is good news; how, when and in what order the recommendations are implemented is important but, when fully implemented, our lives should be better.

NOISE MANAGEMENT BOARD: One of the key recommendations of the Arrivals Review was the establishment of a Noise Management Board. My hope was always that this would not be a talking shop but a powerful instigator of change, something that could make a difference. (Looking back at what I said last time, my recommendations were not accepted entirely but the public meetings will feature.)

The makeup of the Board is: Chairman – Bo Redeborn, a senior and experienced airspace planner, Senior representatives from: Gatwick Airport Ltd., NATS – controller of UK airspace, Civil Aviation Authority, ANS – provider of tower air traffic control at Gatwick, an aircraft operator with a minimum of 10% of the movements at Gatwick, the Department for Transport, the Chair of GATCOM – the statutory Gatwick consultative committee, a County Council representative – alternating between West Sussex and Surrey (probably), a County Council representative – alternating between East Sussex and Kent, two Communities Representatives from west of Gatwick, two from the east.

An election was recently held to decide the Communities Representatives on the Board, the franchise was Parish Councils affected by noise and action groups. I am genuinely pleased that even though APCAG’s inception was in early March and its public launch in April, I have been elected to serve as a Communities Representative on the Noise Management Board.

By design I will be representing everyone affected by Gatwick, however my remit will be all of us to the west. I will be on the NMB as an individual, not a representative of APCAG, but my growing local knowledge will count as will the input from the Councils that APCAG represents.

Lastly, I have just seen noise heat charts that show that, to the west of the airport, the village that is most affected by both arrivals and departures is Ifold. We should agree that dealing with this, and the blight suffered by Ifold’s near neighbours, is hugely important for us all; this is a travesty for a village that until recently was largely undisturbed by aircraft noise (like WG).

By the time you read this I will have a new email address:
Please get in touch if you would like to discuss anything about Gatwick.


May 2016 - Please click here for update by Councillor Peter Drummond

March 2016 Newsletter Update by Councillor Peter Drummond

Since the autumn there has been much activity surrounding Gatwick and 2016 will prove interesting; some good, some bad, some frustrating.

Back in July, when it reported, Sir Howard Davies’s Airport Commission’s report was unequivocal that the new runway for London and the South-East be located at Heathrow. The Government originally said that a decision would be taken before Christmas, later the Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin, let it be known that the Davies report was, in effect, an advisory document and reopened the matter. The Government decision was due to be announced this summer but has now been further postponed.

This is infuriating for all those, potentially, affected by the decision and it is hard not to believe that the delay is for political reasons. My own view is that all the conditions that led Sir Howard Davies and his team to their Heathrow conclusion hold good with the exception of air quality.

We will continue to monitor and lobby wherever we can; West Sussex does not need Gatwick to have a second runway with all the attendant, very real, downsides.

When I last reported the Gatwick Airport Independent Arrivals Review had recently been established and was just getting down to work. The team set about meeting and receiving the opinions of every organisation with a stake in noise issues at Gatwick; the Department for Transport, UK Civil Aviation Authority, National Air Traffic Services, Gatwick Airport, easyJet, British Airways, Town and Parish Councils, Protest Groups and individuals. Their report is comprehensive, comprehensible and offers hope. (January 2016 Arrivals Review Report)

The report sets out from the premise that more could be done to meet the concerns of local structure of air transport policy, regulation and oversight creates a fragmented environment within which misunderstandings and even organisational conflict can develop. This situation can be exacerbated when institutions and residents find themselves in an adversarial positions which defines much of Gatwick’s recent interaction with its neighbours and has led to much distrust.

The Review’s findings that affect Wisborough Green

Airbus A320 whine
In my last note on this I highlighted the specific issue with the piercing whine emitted by the Airbus 320 series of aircraft. Whilst all new aircraft of this type were did not emit the whine airlines, specifically easyJet, had moved from no plans to modify their existing fleet to accepting that they would have to. easyJet and British Airways have said that it is reasonable to expect that by June 2016 will not emit a whine. The Review team have recommended that Gatwick should set a ‘sunset’ date of 31st December 2017 for unmodified aircraft using the airfield with an immediate financial penalty for those that do.

Routing to the ILS
In 2013 the minimum distance from the airfield at which aircraft joined the ILS (Instrument Landing System – in effect, the straight flight route on which aircraft make their final approach) was moved 2Nm to the west, to 10Nm from the runway; the effect on Wisborough Green and the Parishes to our north and north-west was that arriving aircraft were more concentrated overhead as their flight paths were being squeezed into a narrower band/swathe as I’m sure you are aware.

All protest groups had signed up to a doctrine of ‘fair and equitable’ dispersal of arriving aircraft. The Arrivals Review has recommended that the swathe at which arriving aircraft join the ILS will be widened to between 8Nm and 14Nm from the from the Gatwick. If this proposal is adopted and put into practice it will not reduce the number of aircraft landing from the west but it should reduce the concentration flying directly overhead.

Continuous Descent Approach is a technique that aims to keep arriving aircraft as high as possible for as long as possible, ‘low power, low drag’ to reduce noise; whilst arriving aircraft are already required by CAA and Gatwick to use the technique whenever possible the standard to meet is quite low and, for instance, the powered turns over Wisborough Green are, bizarrely, CDA compliant.

The Review Team have identified some additional measures to improve the noise impact of CDA:
• That as soon as possible, the altitude for commencement of CDA at Gatwick should be increased from 6000 to 7000 feet.
• That Gatwick collaborates with NATS, CAA and airlines within 12 months to agree incremental improvements to the application of CDA procedures.
• The Gatwick work with NATS and CAA to raise the Gatwick CDA commencement altitude to 8000 feet when feasible.
• That the Gatwick holding areas should be higher, or should be relocated to enable holding aircraft to dwell over water, rather than over Sussex.

Less Important
• That Gatwick propose a subsidiary CDA taxonomy (scheme of classification) which includes the commencement altitude of the procedure, e.g. CDA 6000, be established by the CAA to improve lay understanding and to better benchmark later improvements.
• To better inform stakeholders, independent academic research should be undertaken to validate the reasons why arriving aircraft are often perceived by residents to be lower than in the past and to identify measures to establish the actual facts in a controlled analysis with community involvement.

Noise Complaints Procedure
An overhaul of Gatwick’s noise complaints policy and procedures at to try and restore some trust in the system.

Noise Management Board
The review has proposed the establishment of a Noise Management Board for Gatwick by Summer 2016 to be operated under independent chairmanship and comprising representatives from each of the institutions able to effect change for Gatwick arrivals, the Chair of the Airport Consultative Committee (GATCOM) and both elected council members and residents’ representatives.

I am firmly of the opinion that this should be a public facing organisation rather than in a round table format which would have the danger of drowning out the public/residents’ representatives.

Landing Direction
This is potentially bad news for WG. The prevailing winds (around 70% of the time) are generally from the west and aircraft land and take-off into the wind, therefore most of the arriving aircraft, which create more noise disturbance on the ground than departing ones, arrive from the east. The Arrivals Review has recommended the development of a new protocol so that when there is little or no wind, generally in the evening or at night, arrivals are switched to our side of the airfield.

Whilst this is not ideal to fight it would not be in accord with the widely accepted principle of ‘fair and equitable’ dispersal.

There are many more matters covered within the report but these are the ones most affecting us.

How the report is received and acted upon by all is critical but the Reviews final two recommendations are;
• That Gatwick should publish not later than 31st March a description of the steps that it is intending to take in response to the arrivals report and which, if any, of the recommendations it plans to pursue.
• In the interests of improved community relations; that Gatwick publish not later than 31st January 2017 a report of overall progress towards delivery, of the steps recommended in the report, including relevant status updates from CAA and NATS with, where appropriate, the basis for any related decisions.

Moves are afoot to improve the quality and nature of our representation so that the issues specific to our area are properly heard.

Following the ADNID trial (February – August 2014) when WG was punished with a constant stream of departing aircraft directly overhead and trial and the concurrent trial of PRNAV (SatNav for planes) on departures and the public uproar over the woeful level of consultation the CAA commissioned an management and technology consultants, Helios, to undertake an independent review of its airspace change decision-making process, including consultation. Suffice to say the subsequent report will make very uncomfortable reading for the CAA as it identifies acres of room for improvement and coupled with the Judicial Review brought against them by Gatwick Obviously Not (which is currently stayed pending the CAA response to the Arrivals Review report) the CAA should be more prepared to listen and engage.

We will continue to lobby against a second runway and press for an equivalent review of departures.

Newsletter Update - November 2015 by Councillor Peter Drummond, CAGNE Committee Member
GATWICK – the story so far…

We all know how when pushing a car it is hardest at the start just to get the thing moving and then, almost suddenly, progress seems to be made; the current Gatwick issues (i.e. excluding the second runway) all have news to report.

Airbus A320 Series
The debilitating whine from the Airbus A318/319/320 series of aircraft has been known to the Civil Aviation Authority since 2005. It is incredibly distinctive and is one of the things that blights Wisborough Green when arriving Airbus are turning overhead. Without getting too technical the whine from these older Airbus planes is caused by the Fuel Over Pressure Protector (FOPP) cavities and can be easily fixed by retrofitting the planes with a simple piece of kit called a vortex generator. Lufthansa had retro-fitted all its Airbus fleet but EasyJet, Gatwick’s largest user and therefore biggest offender said that it would not retrofit as they were replacing their fleet and would base the new planes at Gatwick. This then changed to a commitment to modify their aircraft by 2018, but realising the fury and upset the company has caused, in July Caroline McCall, EasyJet’s CEO, now say they will bring forward the timetable for the work by two years; by June 2016 around 100 planes will have been adapted and work is due to begin this November. In addition BA has said it will modify its 130 older Airbus A320 planes from October 2015.

This will make a small but significant improvement to Wisborough Green.

The Independent Airspace Review of Arrivals
A full Review of Arrivals, inspired by Sir John Major (Chair of the Advisory Board to Gatwick's majority shareholders, GIP) is under way. The Terms of Reference have been agreed with the Chairman of Gatwick, Sir Roy McNulty, after some weeks of negotiation.

Through the Summer protest groups to the east of the airport, led by Gatwick Obviously Not (GON) who endure more arrivals and greater disruption than we do, pursued Sir John Major (and Gatwick's other owners) to seek his help in bringing back some tranquillity to the skies. He did not let them down. Once the offer of a Review was received, GON worked fast to gather in all their fellow campaign groups, including CAGNE with whom the Parish Council are affiliated and I am a Committee Member, and now operate for this Review as the GatOne Group and the Review is goig to be dealing with arrivals from the west as well as from the east.
On 23rd September we all sat across a table at Gatwick from the man leading the Review, Bo Redeborn (a world class airspace consultant) and his Specialist Adviser, Graham Lake. This was an initial meeting to test the credibility of the Review and the independence of Mr Redeborn. We came away content with the details of the Review and with confidence in its Chairman.
The Project Delivery Plan will be available on the WG website.?On page 7 are the final, agreed Terms of Reference. We fought particularly hard to have 'dispersal' included in the Review, for without that we have nothing:
"In considering the concerns raised by local communities, the Review Team will give particular attention to assessing the feasibility and implications of adopting a policy of 'fair and equitable dispersal' which a number of campaign groups have expressed as a priority."
One of our requests under the Terms of Reference was for a Communities Agent - in effect technical back-up to advise us on the changes we want to see happen. We have duly appointed Airspace Designers to70 in Holland, and Gatwick will be funding their work.?GON have been to see to70 in The Hague for very interesting and constructive first discussions.
I will be working other members of CAGNE on a presentation to the Review that focuses on the very real, and preventable, blight that Wisborough Green (and Loxwood, and Alfold, and Plaistow, and Billingshurst, and so on) experience to ensure that this is addressed by the Review and included within its recommendations.
All parties are keen on speed and the Review will report in January 2016. No party is bound by its findings, which can work both ways of course.

The Department for Transport
Earlier this year CAGNE played its part in bringing together flight path campaign groups from around Gatwick, Heathrow and City Airports. Now known as the Aviation Communities Forum, through the skillful drafting and diligence of its Chairman (from GON's Strategic Team) we have secured a meeting in November with the Minister for Aviation, Robert Goodwill. Rest assured much work is going into agreeing the most productive Agenda possible.

National Air Traffic Service and Gatwick

Twice recently I, representing CAGNE, and other fellow campaign groups have met, the recently appointed NATS CEO, Martin Rolfe and his team.?The first meeting on 25th September was held at the Civil Aviation Authority under the Chairmanship of Phil Roberts (CAA) and stewardship of Richard Streatfield, MBE, Chair of the increasingly important High Weald Councils Aviation Action Group.?Stewart Wingate, CEO of Gatwick, also attended.
We sensed a sea change in the industry's attitude towards those on the ground particularly from NATS and Gatwick's CEO.
On 1st October I travelled to NATS HQ at Swannick with fellow campaign groups in a meeting arranged by CAGNE (our campaign group) and the tone from Martin Rolfe was again very definitely one of wanting to make constructive and positive changes to the airspace that the communities could agree on. You read that right: constructive and positive changes to your airspace.

It seems we are starting to be heard and they are listening very, very hard indeed. Now our job is to turn that into real changes in the skies above us all. Previously we could not raise a response of any sort from NATS. Now they are inviting us into their den and asking us what we collectively want to happen. At this meeting a member of CAGNE presented a scheme for dispersal of departures to the west (not a major problem for us today but one looming large in the future) that demonstrated how modern navigation methods could be used to minimize noise pollution for rural communities. NATS did not dismiss it and the proposals are being worked up with a view to getting endorsement from the affected rural communities before they begin the tortuous and time consuming passage through the halls of NATS, the CAA and the DfT.

The fight is not won, it hasn’t even begun to be won, but at least we are at last squaring up to the right guys.

2nd Runway
Despite Howard Davies’s Airport Commission unequivocally recommending a third runway at Heathrow the matter is far from settled. The Government have said they will announce how they are going to approach the decision by November and take a decision by Christmas; the decision might be taken by the Prime Minister and a Cabinet economic committee or there are rumours that it will be put to a free vote in the Commons. The first option is hampered by Mr Cameron’s 2010 ‘no ifs, no buts, no third runway at Heathrow pledge’ the second which at one point would have favoured Heathrow comfortably is now not to certain with rumours that SNP votes being bought for a pledge of more connections from Gatwick.

We will do everything we can to try and prevent Gatwick getting a second runway but the strongest argument we have is the Howard Commission’s report.

April 2015

As with any campaign of protest and persuasion, events grind very slowly, it appears that little is changing and it seems to require superhuman efforts on a repeated basis just to maintain any momentum. Occasionally there is a huge step forward or the campaign comes to an end as is the case with Celtique withdrawing it’s Appeal. In this case, Howard Davis’s Airport Commission recommending a third runway at Heathrow rather than a second runway at Gatwick would be just such a pivotal moment for those affected by Gatwick. However, that would be just the second runway, the effect of which hasn’t and wouldn’t be felt, the issue of flight paths is already with us and the prospect of what is proposed for the future will affect us greatly.

The efforts of the eight ‘umbrella’ protest/action groups from West Sussex, East Sussex, Kent and Surrey are being much more closely coordinated than before and there is a unified voice. This has, for instance, led to the Chairmen of all eight groups, and most of the MPs with Constituencies surrounding the airport, attending Number 10 (on Monday 23rd March) to present a letter of unified demands from all Gatwick action groups to the Prime Minister, (look out for press coverage). A representative from Wisborough Green Parish Council is closely associated with CAGNE, one of the groups based in Warnham, and contributed towards the demands and the wording of the communiqué.

The unified approach means that Gatwick is unable to set one group against another as the ‘eight’ accept that a solution has to be found for everyone’s benefit. However bad the prospects for Wisborough Green, the prospects are significantly worse for those living in other villages, and helping to prevent their lives being severely affected by aircraft will protect ours.

The Downing Street meeting is important for two main reasons; the Prime Minister understands the issues when presented and has intervened on a small but significant point in the past. Secondly, change in Government policy is required for a lasting and acceptable solution to Wisborough Green’s and everyone else’s Gatwick flight path problems.

Gatwick Obviously Not’, the group based in Penshurst in Kent which has been very badly affected, has launched Judicial Review proceedings against the CAA with Gatwick as an interested party. Whilst the point being set out is small and technical, success would lead to much more detailed consultation on all, even minor, route

Since the beginning of the year the WG Parish Council representative has attended many meetings including:
• CAGNE meetings.
• An all day conference, chaired by GACC, with the eight action groups discussing aircraft routing and the unified statement of aims being handed to Downing Street.
• The annual Gatwick Noise Seminar.
• With West Sussex County Council to establish the support they should be providing.
• The Chief Executive of Gatwick Airport, the head of the runway two and two other senior managers.
• and have a meeting at the Department for Transport after Easter.

The Parish Council will continue to keep you updated.


January 2015


What is at stake?

Many of us were very aware of the increase of intrusive air noise during the summer; this could only be the tip of the potential iceberg.
If Gatwick Airport Ltd (GAL), the National Air Traffic Service (NATS) and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) introduce their current proposals for flight paths to and from Gatwick, life in the village will be changed for ever - 250 planes a day, on take-off, directly over the village or a similar number in powered descent.

Why has this come about?
To deal with airspace overcrowding in the SE of England, the Government had the CAA prepare a new plan for the SE, called the Future Airspace Strategy.
Aircraft navigation is changing from the 1950s ground based beacons to something called PBN, essentially SatNav for planes.
The advantage of PBN to NATS and Gatwick is that aircraft can fly precise routes and air traffic can be more concentrated, so-called Aircraft Super Highways, thereby increasing capacity.
Government policy is that to minimise impact for the largest number of people these new concentrated routes should fly over areas of sparse population – Wisborough Green.

Why was this summer worse?
This year GAL undertook two tests; a proving exercise for PBN and a trial, from February to August, of the proposed Super-Highway take-off route to the west (known as ADNID) that came directly over Wisborough Green and caused so much nuisance.

Why do aircraft make so much noise?
Owing to prevailing winds from the west, around 70% of aircraft departures from Gatwick are to the west and will, when it is introduced, follow the Super-Highway route over the Village; however, the noise from landing aircraft is currently far more intrusive.

When the wind is from the east, generally in the summer and about 30% of the time, landings at Gatwick approach from the west.
Arriving aircraft are held in a ‘stack’ above Burgess Hill which they leave at 7000 ft and start their descent, in the past they used to fly between Crawley and Horsham, before commencing their final approach from 3000 ft, 10 nautical miles west from the runway.
Now they make a much longer loop to the west, unfortunately they start their descent immediately they leave the stack, by the time they reach Wisborough Green they have levelled off at around 3800 – 4200 feet and have to use power to maintain height turning onto their final approach at the same point as above. It is this powered turn that causes so much nuisance; it is also totally unnecessary as aircraft leaving the stack need not start their descent until they were past Wisborough Green.

Are there any other changes planned?
In the future (originally planned for late 2015) approaching aircraft will no longer join a stack but instead will switch to a system called Point Merge.
As NATS has not released details of where the Merge Points will be we cannot make an assessment of how these routes will affect Wisborough Green.

Runway Two
• The elephant in the room: a second runway at Gatwick.
• The location of an additional runway in the SE will be announced by the Howard Commission in early June.
• Buried deep within their interim report were Gatwick’s proposals for landing and take-off routes in the event of Gatwick getting a second runway.
• For Wisborough Green the prospect if devastating as three routes cross directly over the village: take-offs to the west, take-offs to the east that have to turn west and landings from the west on one runway.
• If Gatwick were to build a second runway it would be a larger airport than Heathrow
• There would be huge pressure on housing, primary and secondary schools, general practice, clinics, hospital capacity and ambulance services, leisure facilities, local roads, not to mention concreting over huge areas of green space.
• It is likely that the Neighbourhood Plan being finalised here would be thrown out as the pressure for more houses in the Village grew to accommodate Gatwick workers.

Click here to see maps of proposed flight paths.

How can you help?

The Davies Airports Commission Consultation is accepting comments from the public. You can make your own representations to the Airport Commission before the deadline of 11.45 on 3rd February 2015.
The simplest way to respond to this complicated form is via the CAGNE website -

Read up on the issues and register with the different protest groups:
- Airport Watch -
- Campaign Against Gatwick Noise Emissions (CAGNE) -
- Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign (GACC) -

Complain about every single incident when you find aircraft noise intrusive or unacceptable to:
- (Tel: 0800 393070)
(If you use an Android phone you can download an App from the Cagne website that automates the process.)

19 September 2014
We have just been advised by the Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign that they will be organising a protest about the new flight paths and to express opposition to a new Gatwick runway on Saturday 22 November (afternoon). At the time of writing, the location has yet to be confirmed, so do keep watch on their website (

More information can also be found on the CAGNE (Communities Against Gatwick Noise Emissions) website ( Please continue to complain to the Noise Complaint Line and also to the other individuals/organisation listed below.

Gatwick Noise Complaint Line
Put ‘Complaint’ in the subject line and give your postcode
Tel: 0800 393070
Ask for a written response.

Interesting article written by our District Councillor, Josef Ransley, which gives some explanation as to what has and is going on ! Click here.


Gatwick Airport – Flight Path Trial and Consultation
if you are concerned about the recent increase in air traffic
- noise, frequency and height

We are now aware that Gatwick Airport is carrying out a 6 month trial (started in February and to end in August) of a new flight path, which could account for the increase in air traffic noise over Wisborough Green, both during the day and at night. Gatwick did not give notice of this trial and it is thought that if we do not complain, it may be assumed by the decision makers that the increase in air traffic is acceptable, becoming the norm rather than just a trial.
In May, Gatwick Airport also launched a 12 week consultation (ending on 15 August) on their plans to redraw many of the flight paths around Gatwick and on the specific effects of low altitude options for new routes; the document is at or click here.

The consultation document is complex and the potential implications difficult to understand; it could put many people off from responding! However, even if you do not respond to the specific consultation document, please do make your feelings known by 15 August and raise awareness in the village and surrounding communities. To ensure that your concerns are heard, and not just by Gatwick Airport, please also contact our local MP, Nick Herbert, and the other organisations listed below.

More information can be found on the Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign (GACC) website.

If the aircraft noise is getting you down then please complain. Any change could have a significant and detrimental impact upon the enjoyment of our village. NOW IS THE TIME TO ACT !

Gatwick Noise Complaint Line
Tel: 0800 393070
Put ‘Complaint’ in the subject line and give specific details if you can and ask for a written response.

Civil Aviation Authority
ERCD, Gatwick Airport South
West Sussex RH6 0YR
Noise Complaint Form:
(Director of Airspace Policy)

National Air Traffic Services
(Chief Executive Officer)
(Manager of Air Traffic Control, Gatwick Airport NATS)

Department for Transport
Great Minster House
33 Horseferry Road
London SW1P 4DR
Tel: 020 7944 3118
(Aviation Policy Advisor)

Send copies of letters to:

Nick Herbert MP
House of Commons
London SW1A 0AA
Tel: 020 7219 4080

2nd Floor
40 Bermondsay Street

Tel: 020 7248 2227

Aviation Environment Federation
Same address as AirportWatch
Tel: 020 7248 2223

July Update - Gatwick Airport – Flight Path Consultation

Many of you may have noticed an increase in air traffic and noise over the past few months, which we have been informed is a 6 month trial! We highlighted in the last newsletter the consultation by Gatwick Airport regarding the possible second runway, and the likely implications for the village in terms of increased air traffic and noise over the village.

We have now been informed that Gatwick Airport has launched a 12 week consultation on their plans to redraw many of the flight paths around Gatwick and on the specific effects of low altitude options for new routes; the documents can be found here. Any changes could have a significant impact upon the enjoyment of our village so please take a look and submit comments by Friday 15th August 2014.

If the aircraft noise is getting you down then we do need to make our voices heard. Please telephone the noise complaint line on 0800 393070 or email putting complaint in the subject line, otherwise it isn’t recorded as such. Also, email our local MP, Nick Herbert (, to raise this concern at a different level. To be kept up to date, useful information can be found on the Gatwick Airport Conservation Campaign website.