Second council withdraws support from Gatwick expansion

Second council withdraws support from Gatwick expansion Proposals for an expanded Gatwick have suffered another setback

Seemingly interminable wrangling over the future of aviation capacity in the UK hit a new low earlier, with a second county council withdrawing support from the proposed expansion of London Gatwick Airport.

Bowing to pressure from local residents, West Sussex Council voted by 37 to 26 to reverse a decision taken in July 2014 to support the expansion.

Kent County Council withdrew its backing for a second runway in November, because of new flight paths.

The move adds further weight to the case for a third runway at London Heathrow.

The Airports Commission is presently considering three options for airport expansion in the South East - a second runway at Gatwick, a third runway at Heathrow or an extension to one of the existing Heathrow runways.

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A decision is expected after the general election in May.

Gatwick said it believed expansion would bring a huge boost for the local economy, including thousands of jobs and that is was “disappointed” with the decision.