RUNWAY DECISION: Council to work to ‘mitigate any negative impact’ brought by airport announcement

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West Sussex County Council said it would now work to “mitigate any negative impact” brought about by the government’s decision to back expansion at Heathrow.

The council issued a statement on Tuesday (October 25) welcoming the announcement that Heathrow was the preferred option.

A spokesman said: “We know that today’s announcement will be welcomed by many of our communities who were concerned about the noise and environmental consequences of a second runway at Gatwick.

“However, our role as a county council now is to ensure that we work with the government, Gatwick Airport Limited and our local businesses to mitigate any negative impact of this decision on our county, especially in terms of our economy and any impact on jobs and skills.

“We will also continue to focus our efforts on making the case at a national level for significant investment into our West Sussex infrastructure, which remains very much needed regardless of this decision.”

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