Some of the many responses that have been sent in to the Airports Commission consultation
The Airports Commission consultation on its 3 short-listed runway options closed on 3rd February 2015. Responses have been sent in from a huge number of organisations, not to mention thousands of individuals. Heathrow and Gatwick have felt it necessary to blitz the south east (and further afield) with advertising, to get people to tell the Commission they want their runway. What the Commission actually wanted in responses – other than the airports’ mass mailings – was considered comments on the 58 or so documents put out by the Commission, and comments on how they have carried out their appraisals, including things they have left out. They also ask how the runway schemes could be improved, or their negative impacts mitigated. The Commission will publish “all substantive, technical responses it has received” at the same time as it makes it recommendation on the runway some time in summer 2015. On this page, AirportWatch intends to put links to as many responses as possible – those which have been made public.
The Airports Commission main Consultation Document
Consultation ended 3rd February 2015. People could just email the Commission to say in their own words what they think:
Some of the consultation responses – in no particular order
AEF – Aviation Environment Federation
Committee on Climate Change (CCC)
GACC – Gatwick Area Conservation Campaign.
HACAN – at Heathrow
and some advice on how to understand the consultation (and its vast number of documents, constituting may thousands of pages Consultation Special – guidance on how to respond to the Airports Commission consultation
London Borough of Hillingdon Borough Council
CAA – Civil Aviation Authority
West London Friends of the Earth
West London Friends of the Earth response to the Commission
West Sussex County Council
Surrey County Council
CAGNE (Communities Against Gatwick Noise and Emissions)
GON – Gatwick Obviously NOT
(HWCAAG) – HIGH WEALD COUNCILS AVIATION ACTION GROUP
Leigh Parish Council (Kent)
Local Authorities Aircraft Noise Council (LAANC)
Wandsworth Borough Council
Reigate & Banstead Borough Council
Slough Borough Council
Justine Greening (MP for Putney, Roehampton and Southfields)
Stop Flight Trials Over Englefield Green
Gatwick Co-ordination Group (local MPs)
CPRE Surrey Aviation Group (Campaign to Protect Rural England)
CPRE Sussex (Campaign to Protect Rural England)
Penshurst Parish Council
“Back Heathrow” – (lobby group funded by Heathrow airport to promote runway plan)
Back Heathrow runway document (not actually a “response” as it does not attempt to reply to any of the questions, or address the content of the Commission’s consultation – it just sets out positive comments from Heathrow supporters)
Resident-led Hammersmith & Fulham Commission
Richmond Heathrow Campaign
Mayor of London – Transport for London
All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG)
London Borough of Hounslow
Gatwick Airport’s response to the Airports Commission consultation (Executive Summary)
ABTA – Association of British Travel Agents
ABTA response to Commission consultation (press article) wanting 2 runways
The Commission consultation document says:
How your response will be treated
4.22 The Commission is committed to ensuring that its process is fair and transparent,
and has a presumption to publish all information relevant to its decision making.
4.23 The findings of the Commission’s consultation will be published in a consultation
report. This report will include details of the number of responses received and the
key topics, points and themes that the consultation generated. The report will also
contain details of the framework used to analyse the responses.
4.24 In addition, as with all its previous calls for evidence, the Commission will publish all
substantive, technical responses it has received.
4.25 Both of these publications will occur alongside the publication of the Commission’s
final report, due in the summer of 2015.
These are the questions asked in the consultation:
Questions inviting views and conclusions in respect of the three short-listed options:
Q1: What conclusions, if any, do you draw in respect of the three short-listed options? In answering this question please take into account the Commission’s consultation documents and any other information you consider relevant. The options are described in section three.
Q2: Do you have any suggestions for how the short-listed options could be improved, i.e. their benefits enhanced or negative impacts mitigated? The options and their impacts are summarised in section three.
Questions on the Commission’s appraisal and overall approach:
Q3: Do you have any comments on how the Commission has carried out its appraisal? The appraisal process is summarised in section two.
Q4: In your view, are there any relevant factors that have not been fully addressed by the Commission to date?
Questions inviting comments on specific areas of the Commission’s appraisal:
Q5: Do you have any comments on how the Commission has carried out its appraisal of specific topics (as defined by the Commission’s 16 appraisal modules), including methodology and results?
Q6: Do you have any comments on the Commission’s sustainability assessments, including methodology and results?
Q7: Do you have any comments on the Commission’s business cases, including methodology and results?
Q8: Do you have any other comments?