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Poll of Royal Borough residents shows preference for Gatwick Airport expansion

Poll of Royal Borough residents shows preference for Gatwick Airport expansion

Philip Dewey

A poll has revealed that more residents in the Royal Borough favour expansion at Gatwick Airport over expansion at Heathrow Airport.

It was conducted by Ipsos MORI ahead of the council submitting a response to The Airports Commission regarding its consultation about expansion of airport capacity in the UK.

A quota sample of 1,014 residents, aged 18 and over, were surveyed in the poll, which took place by telephone between January 8 and 11, 2015.

The poll showed 31 per cent of residents oppose the extension of an existing northern runway or the building of a new north-west runway at Heathrow compared to 22 per cent in favour.

58 per cent of residents believe the number of flights at Heathrow Airport should remain the same, while 50 per cent of residents support the building of a new runway at Gatwick compared to 14 per cent against.

Cllr George Bathurst, chairman of the Royal Borough's Aviation Forum, said: "This poll shows that Royal Borough residents support our views and we will continue to support expansion at Gatwick Airport."

The consultation ends on Tuesday, February 3.  

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