As time passes, the decision to expand airports in the south east, inches closer towards its conclusion. According to a recent new poll, Gatwick seems to be getting the popular vote, due to its being the preferred option for the residents of London.
On the other hand, Heathrow airport is 11 points behind West Sussex in the heated debate as to where UK’s next runway is to be built.
Over the course of the past seven months, YouGov has been busy polling residents of London to find out where the preference of the majority lies, and Gatwick has emerged as the top choice from six.
In light of this impending decision, the residents of London are weighing the pros and cons regarding the implications that will follow the construction of another runway. According to all the polls, Londoners believe that in this new runway debate, there are two important factors; the economic benefits and the negative impacts on the locals (Pollution and noise).
Gatwick added that these consistent results demonstrate exactly how the outcome of this debate must carefully weigh the economic benefits against the likely environmental impact the new runway would have.
Across the seven polls, the cost to taxpayers was the primary concern of all the residents of London.
Stewart Wingate, the CEO of Gatwick said, “It is no longer feasible for UK to ‘bulldoze’ its path to growth while ignoring the views and suggestion of over a million residents.”
He further continued that, “Yes, we all need our economy to expand, but now, more than ever, we absolutely need to balance our growth against the impact this decision is likely to have on its environment.”
These surveys, seven in total, were conducted in London by YouGov, and were carried out between the 17th of October 2014 and 23rd April 2015. The sample size of each poll ranged from 1025 to 1061 respondents.