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Friday, 23 August 2019 14:07

Gatwick: Number of new homes spiralling

Written by Roger F Smith

Letter published by the West Sussex County Times 8 August 2019

Chair of CPRE Sussex, Prof Dan Osborn discussing Climate Change and Human Ecology with BBC Radio Sussex's Danny Pike.

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” (

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

Today (30th July) CPRE Sussex submitted its response to Transport for the South East’s consultation on becoming a statutory body. For more information on the consultation, visit

Tuesday, 30 July 2019 15:35

Give shares

Written by CPRE Sussex

Giving shares can be a simple tax-effective way to support our work and reduce your tax bill.

We are delighted to invite you, your friends and family to our Lewes District Group’s AGM on 6th September to be held in Firle Village Hall, Firle starting at 1.15pm. Please find below the Agenda together with the minutes of the last meeting.

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

Tuesday, 23 July 2019 09:49

Wealden Council declares a climate emergency

Written by CPRE Sussex

At a meeting on Wednesday July 17, Wealden District Council’s cabinet resolved to recommend the full council declare a ‘climate emergency’ in light of reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. This will be discussed by councillors when they meet for a full council meeting next Wednesday, July 24.

Gatwick continues to ignore rural communities and the impact it is having on our planet says CPRE Sussex in response to the Gatwick Master Plan launched on 18th July. Despite the Airport commission decision to expand Heathrow, Gatwick will pursue a plan to use the ‘emergency’ or ‘standby’ runway as a second runway whilst also safeguarding land for a third runway.

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