Croydon takes centre stage in Gatwick debate


By - Monday 24th November, 2014

The campaign to create a second runway at Gatwick Airport is being brought to Croydon tomorrow as business leaders hear the case for expansion. 


Image by Develop Croydon, used with permission.

Release begins: Croydon Council has already come out in support of the proposals, believing that investment in the Sussex airport would be transformational in terms of the huge employment and business opportunities it would create.

Airports Commission chairman Sir Howard Davies has just launched a three-month national consultation into whether extra capacity should be created at Gatwick or Heathrow and has warned that Britain faces being marginalised if a quick decision on a new runway is not forthcoming, while Mayor of London Boris Johnson is thought to feel the Sussex option is more viable than a third runway at Heathrow.

Now, Gatwick chief executive Stewart Wingate will highlight his commitment to working with the borough to ensure it would gain the maximum benefits at the Develop Croydon Conference at Fairfield Halls tomorrow (Tuesday, November 25).

“With fast links to Central London and the global connections offered by Gatwick just 15 minutes away, Croydon continues to offer huge development opportunities,” said Mr Wingate. “We fully support the borough’s ambitious plans for growth.

“Our own expansion plans at Gatwick would deliver an Olympic-scale boost to south London, with Croydon set to benefit hugely from the new jobs and business opportunities that expansion of the airport would bring.

“We look forward to working with the borough to drive these exciting plans ahead.”

According to the Davies Commission a second runway at Gatwick would be the cheapest option, costing £9.3billion plus a further £787million from the taxpayer to improve road and rail access, around half of the cost of building a third runway at Heathrow, while the access implications in West London would cost seven times more.

It also estimated Gatwick could deliver a boost to the wider economy of up to £127billion, much of it in the corridor between south London and the South Coast.

An independent survey of Croydon residents has shown 58 per cent prefer the Sussex option to expansion of Heathrow.

Council leader Councillor Tony Newman, who will also speak at the event of November 25, said: “We are backing the second runway at Gatwick Airport because that will bring 18,000 to 20,000 jobs to the area.”

As well as leading officers and members of the administration at Croydon Council, speakers at the fifth Develop Croydon Conference, who will discuss the borough’s potential to become the best new development opportunity in London, include:

Richard Blakeway, Deputy Mayor of London for Housing, Land and Property

Ian Mason, Head of UK Property Fund, Schroders

John Burton, Director of Development, Westfield

Peter Cole, Chief Investment Officer, Hammerson

Michael Hill, Associate Director, Countryside Properties

You can put your questions to the speakers by booking a place at the Develop Croydon Conference. Delegate spaces are priced £350 plus VAT. The conference is organised annually by Develop Croydon, a not-for-profit organisation promoting economic renewal in Croydon.

For more details visit www.developcroydonconference.com

Release ends.

Release provider: Develop Croydon Forum.

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