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NEWS of an an­nounce­ment last week on the Heathrow/gatwick run­way sparked ex­cite­ment, only for it to be re­vealed that the de­ci­sion has been pushed back to 2017–18. Theresa May told the Com­mons that the sub­ject had been ‘de­bated, dis­cussed and spec­u­lated on for 40 years’. She promised a de­ci­sion, but stated that there is ‘a for­mal process’. Mayor of Lon­don Sadiq Khan re­sponded by la­belling the con­tin­u­ing un­cer­tainty bad for busi­ness, ac­cus­ing the Govern­ment of ‘dither­ing’. Mem­bers of Com­mu­ni­ties Against Gatwick Noise and Emis­sions (CAGNE) are fu­ri­ous about the con­tin­u­ing threat to Tory heart­lands in Sus­sex, Sur­rey and Kent. CAGNE Chair Sally Pavey com­ments: ‘Can we please have a de­fin­i­tive an­swer… and not al­low Gatwick to blight ev­ery­one within a 30-mile ra­dius for years to come by sug­gest­ing po­ten­tial ex­pan­sion in 10 or 20 years’ time?’

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