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Roger F Smith

Roger F Smith

Letter published by the West Sussex County Times, 12 September 2019

Friday, 23 August 2019 14:07

Gatwick: Number of new homes spiralling

Letter published by the West Sussex County Times 8 August 2019

Letter to the Editor West Sussex Gazette, 28 July 2019.

Dear Sir,

Recognising the “devastating impact that volatile and extreme weather will have on UK food production, water availability, public health and through flooding and wildfire damage”, MPs endorsed on 1st May a motion for Parliament to declare an ‘Environment and Climate Emergency’ (Parliamentary Business of the Day: Environment and Climate Change 1 May 2019).

Gatwick Airport Ltd’s in-preparation application to convert the existing standby runway “into full-time routine use” to enable it to “incrementally” grow the airport (WSG July 24) must therefore be considered in the context of the Environment and Climate Emergency.

On Thursday 25th July, Britain recorded its hottest ever July day as temperatures rose to 38.1C, with consequent disruption of air and rail travel (Daily Telegraph July 26).

According to climate scientists “record temperatures across much of the world over the past two weeks could make July the hottest month ever measured on Earth”, that “nine of the 10 hottest years on record have occurred since 2000” – and that these “record warm streaks are certain to not only continue but to worsen if we continue to burn fossil fuels and warm the planet” (The Guardian 16 July).

Note too that within the Arctic Circle, communities in Alaska and Nunavut, including the world’s most northerly community, Alert, Ellesmere Island, are experiencing a record-breaking heat wave (‘The Canadian Press’ 15 July; Nunatsiaq News 17 July), accelerating there the melting of glaciers, ice caps and sea ice, thereby accelerating rising sea level.

Note also that climate scientists have determined that “scenarios of 21st century global total sea level rise exceeding 2 metres” should be used for planning purposes and that “beyond 2100, uncertainty and projected sea-level rise increase rapidly” (www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1817205116).

Given that Climate Change is an existential threat, increasing the movement of aircraft and passengers flying in and out of Gatwick, with a consequent increase in climate-changing emissions, would seem to be unwise, to say the least.

Yours faithfully,

Dr R F Smith
Trustee CPRE Sussex

Letter to the editor: West Sussex County Times​ 22 July 2019

Letter published in the West Sussex County Times, 18 July 2019

HORSHAM DISTRICT SITUATION REPORT (MAY 2019): Consequences for communities across Horsham District should developer win planning appeal

Letter published by the West Sussex County Times 21 March 2019

Letter published in the West Sussex County Times 28 February 2019: "Those who govern us have chosen to ignore this reality and are instead blaming and punishing councils and communities."

Monday, 04 February 2019 12:29

Horsham District update - 2019

Update: Parishes with "in progress" plans targeted by developers; Horsham DC's review of the HDPF up to 2036 in progress; questions over viability of house building targets and more.

Letter published by the West Sussex County Times 24 January 2019

Sir,

Our countryside made vulnerable to large-scale development by Government policies

Horsham District Council’s review of the local plan is in progress and to calculate what the new house- building target should be the Council must use the Government’s new formula-based method, which by means of hocus pocus with numbers has been rigged to achieve an-over England target of at least 300,000 new homes per year.

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