Gatwick environmental group appoints former Gurkha as president

An environmental group has appointed a district councillor and former Gurkha as president.

Monday, 28th September 2020, 3:44 pm

CAGNE, the umbrella aviation community and environment group, announced the appointment of Sir Nicholas White as president of the group for Sussex, Surrey and Kent.

Sir Nicholas, who was elected as an independent for Dormansland and Felcourt in East Surrey to Tandridge District Councillor in 2018 and has much experience of Gatwick operations having lived close to the Gatwick flight path, the group said.

Sir Nicholas said: “I have watched with interest the growth of this community group and how it remains true to its ethos of not moving noise from one area over another and being fair to all communities.

Sir Nicholas White with CAGNE committee member Jane Vogt

“This is why I am extremely happy to be playing a role within this committee to ensure airspace and the impact of Gatwick’s operations on the environment and the people’s wellbeing is tackled in a fair and balanced fashion.”

The Committee also welcomes Lisa Morris of Smallfield who has lived under a departure route for over 15 year and is CEO of the national Greyhound Trust charity.

CAGNE has also appointed a legal and planning team to work with Leigh Day, a London specialist legal firm (appointed in October 2018 when the Master Plan was launched).

This team is preparing to tackle the Gatwick planning Development Consent Order.

Chair of CAGNE Sally Pavey said: “We all welcome Sir Nicholas and Lisa as we prepare ourselves to ensure that all communities have a fair voice.”