Gatwick airport expansion could provide jobs in Croydon

By - Thursday 6th November, 2014

The fifth Develop Croydon Conference will take place on 25th November. A key talking point will be Gatwick Airport’s expansion and the increase of jobs it could lead to in Croydon. The council is very supportive of the proposed airport expansion and believes that it could bring 18,000-20,000 jobs.

Release begins: A second runway at Gatwick Airport would bring thousands of new jobs and added prosperity to Croydon.

Its potential will be one of the major discussion points at the fifth Develop Croydon Conference, taking place on Tuesday, November 25, which will bring together many of the borough’s key public and private sector decision makers.

Croydon Council has already come out firmly in support of expansion at Gatwick while a survey of borough residents showed 58 per cent would prefer airport expansion there than Heathrow.

Council leader Tony Newman said: “We are backing 2nd runway at Gatwick Airport because that will bring 18,000 to 20,000 jobs to the area.”

Gatwick’s chief executive Stewart Wingate is set to use the conference to outline the benefits that expansion of the Sussex airport – which would be privately funded – could bring to this part of south London.

“We are determined to do everything we can to minimise the impacts and maximise the benefits for local people,” he said. “We are going to privately finance the entire scheme.”

Campaigners behind the Gatwick proposals say it would deliver £90billion and around 120,000 new jobs to the UK economy and provide an “Olympic-scale boost” to south London as a whole and Croydon in particular.

There are expected to be huge benefits for Croydon’s tech cluster, the second fastest-growing in the capital, with more than 1,000 digital and creative start-ups within 15 minutes of Gatwick by train.

Jo Negrini, Croydon’s executive director for development and environment, will join Mr Wingate on stage at the Develop Croydon Conference as she presents Croydon’s growth plan and exhibits the sites identified throughout the borough to deliver on Croydon’s ambition.

The architect Sir Terry Farrell has claimed that a second Gatwick runway could have the same, or a greater, transformative effect on areas of south London, such as Croydon, than the 2012 Olympic games had on east London.

Tickets for the Develop Croydon Conference is organised annually by Develop Croydon, a not-for-profit organisation promoting economic renewal in Croydon.

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