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25 November 2014
The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will be signed today by Croydon Council’s Leader Cllr Tony Newman and Gatwick’s CEO, Stewart Wingate, at the Develop Croydon conference, Fairfield Halls, Croydon.
The partnership focusses on four key areas:
Gatwick has also written to all Croydon Councillors, explaining how an expanded Gatwick would help deliver Croydon’s ambitions to become a modern European city. The letter says that a new runway at Gatwick would encourage long term confidence and investment and would be the catalyst Croydon needs to become the new regeneration centre of the capital.
In September, a YouGov poll of 7 local communities around Gatwick showed that residents of Croydon are the most supportive of Gatwick expansion (58%) when given a straight choice of building a new runway at Gatwick or Heathrow. The average level of support across all areas was 52% in favour of expanding Gatwick, with 36% choosing Heathrow. Only 27% of Croydon residents supported expanding Heathrow.
Stewart Wingate, Gatwick CEO, said: “Croydon is well-placed to take advantage of Gatwick expansion - benefitting from jobs, skills, apprenticeships and resources for infrastructure. The agreement we’ve signed today will help ensure that Croydon’s residents can realise these benefits to the full.”
Councillor Tony Newman, leader of Croydon Council, said: "London's new growth corridor starts in Croydon and runs through Gatwick to Brighton.
“Croydon is on the brink of Olympic-scale transformation, and just 15 minutes away by train, Gatwick can make a really important contribution to the regeneration and investment already underway in our borough.
"A second runway would bring huge benefits to our residents and businesses, as well as the wider region. It would create thousands of new jobs, boost businesses including Croydon's growing tech city, and see further investment in the transport network."
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