Author: Cranleigh Chamber

Gatwick sets out ambitious future growth plan, including routine use of its existing standby runway

Gatwick Airport has today set out an ambitious vision for the future with the publication of its draft master plan, which looks at how the airport might grow in the longer term.

The draft master plan is being announced to the airport’s independent consultative committee GATCOM which meets today.

As the UK enters a new chapter, Gatwick’s development will help meet future aviation demand with sustainable growth and ensure strong connections between Britain and global markets.

It will also provide new opportunities for the South East and continue to bolster the local economy for future generations.

The publication of Gatwick’s draft master plan reflects Department for Transport guidance for airports to provide regular updates on their long-term plans, and responds to the Government’s recent call for airports to ‘make best use of their existing runways’.

Gatwick remains committed to sustainable growth in this draft master plan, building on our record which has seen the Carbon Trust naming Gatwick as the best performer for combined reduction of operational carbon, water and waste impacts in the past two years – all while passenger numbers continued to grow.

The draft master plan considers how Gatwick could grow across three scenarios, looking ahead to the early 2030s:

1. Main runway – using new technology to increase capacity

In the near term, the airport has considered how deploying new technology could increase the capacity of the main runway, offering incremental growth through more efficient operations. Gatwick has successfully utilised its runway to unlock growth in recent years and remains the world’s most efficient single runway. The use of the latest technology could provide more opportunities for the future.

2. Standby runway – bringing existing standby runway into routine use

Under its current planning agreement, Gatwick’s existing standby runway is only used when the main runway is closed for maintenance or emergencies. However, the 40-year planning agreement will come to an end in 2019. The draft master plan sets out for the first time how Gatwick could potentially bring its existing standby runway into routine use for departing flights, alongside its main runway, by the mid-2020s.

This innovative development, which would meet all international safety requirements, would be delivered without increasing the airport’s noise footprint and provide greater operational resilience.

While in the early stages of exploration, Gatwick is confident the project would remain within the existing airport footprint and existing framework for airport charges. Should the airport decide to further progress the use of the existing standby runway, it would submit a detailed planning proposal and follow a Development Consent Order (DCO) process, which would include a full public consultation.

3. Additional runway – safeguarding for the future

While Gatwick is not currently actively pursuing the option of building a brand new runway to the south of the airport – as it did through the Airports Commission process – Gatwick believes it is in the national interest to continue to safeguard this land for the future as part of its draft master plan.

The airport is now keen to encourage responses to a 12-week public consultation it has launched today to gather feedback and views on the draft master plan. All responses will be reviewed before a final version of the master plan is agreed early next year.

The draft master plan can be read here. More information on the consultation, including events the airport will be holding to gather feedback, is available here.

Stewart Wingate, Chief Executive Officer, London Gatwick said:

“Our draft master plan marks the start of a new phase for Gatwick – building on what has made the airport the success it is today, and pioneering again to take advantage of the exciting opportunities that lie ahead.

“As the UK heads towards an important new chapter, Gatwick’s growing global connections are needed more than ever but this must be achieved in the most sustainable way. From using new technologies on our main runway, to the innovative proposal to bring our existing standby runway into routine use, our draft master plan offers agile, productive and low-impact ways of unlocking much-needed new capacity and increased resilience from within our existing infrastructure.

“Gatwick’s growth has been built through partnership so as we look ahead at our future development, we want to shape these plans together with our local communities, our passengers, our airlines and partners. We would encourage as many people as possible to take part in our consultation process. This will help shape our plans for securing the region’s prosperity.”

Henry Smith, Member of Parliament for Crawley, said:

“Crawley’s prosperity depends on the success of Gatwick Airport and the publication of this new draft master plan goes a long way to securing future growth in the town. I have always supported the airport growing within its existing boundaries and welcome their exciting new vision for incremental growth that will support more jobs and opportunity in Crawley.”

Tim Wates, Chairman of the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership, said:

“A strong and growing Gatwick airport as the beating heart of the Coast to Capital region is the central theme of the LEP’s strategic vision, so we welcome the publication of Gatwick’s master plan today and wholeheartedly support its vision for future growth.”

Carolyn Fairbairn, CBI Director-General, said:

“Now more than ever, unlocking new aviation capacity to deliver global trade links is critical for a strong UK economy. London’s airports are set to be full in the next decade, so the CBI welcomes Gatwick’s highly productive proposals to deliver increased capacity that complements expansion schemes at other airports. This will drive trade and investment, create new jobs and help British businesses thrive.”

Norwegian CEO Bjorn Kjos said:

“Our cooperation with Gatwick Airport has given us a strong platform to deliver more consumers lower fares on intercontinental flights. As we continue our global growth, we welcome any increases in airport capacity in the Greater London Area that support our commercial interests and ultimately benefit consumers.”

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Christmas is coming and we need your support

For a number of years now, Cranleigh Chamber is Commerce has taken responsibility for funding and organising the Cranleigh Christmas Lights.

Unlike neighbouring towns, Cranleigh receives very little funding from the local authorities, instead relying on the generous financial support of members and local businesses.

The lights and switch-on event (this year on Saturday 17th November 2018) themselves are coordinated by a very small number of volunteers.

Each year it becomes progressively more difficult to raise the money we need to store, test, replace and install the lights, and to host the switch-on event.

The Cranleigh Christmas Lights are an important local icon; their switching on signifies the start of the Christmas shopping season for our local retailers, and their presence in the High Street throughout the festive period makes Cranleigh an even more attractive place to visit.

The switch-on event attracts hundreds of families who enjoy a day of entertainment, stalls and attractions.

In order to ensure Cranleigh Christmas can go ahead as planned again this year, we need your support.

You can sponsor a lamppost illumination for £75. In return for your sponsorship, your business name will be displayed on the lamppost, in the Cranleigh Christmas event leaflet and online.

You can of course donate more or less than this! We would be delighted to accept any size of donation towards the considerable cost of Cranleigh Christmas this year. Just let us know how much you would like to contribute and we will raise an invoice.

Please email with your pledge.

A big thank you to everyone who has already pledged their support this year, including members of the Chamber’s Christmas 100 Club which covers around a third of the cost of Cranleigh Christmas each year.

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Reopening the Railway Line through Cranleigh

Should the railway between Shoreham and Guildford, through Cranleigh, be reopened?

That’s the question being posed by the English Regional Transport Association (ERTA).

They are a voluntary membership-based, pro-public transport improvement association with its main projects initially in the Bedfordshire and surrounding regional areas, but now increasing its remit since several projects had a nation-wide positive benefit and impact.

Membership of ERTA is now open to all.

One of its proposals is to reopen the railway that used to run between Guildford, Cranleigh and Horsham, where much of the old trackbed survives.

ERTA will be holding a public meeting (forum) on Saturday 6th October 2018 from 1pm to 4pm at the Rodboro Buildings, 1-10 Bridge Street, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 4RY. Members of Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce have been invited to attend.

Commenting on the proposals, we said:

“The Chamber of Commerce will watch with interest the proposal to reopen the line. However, it will take considerable local and national political will and a large government purse to overcome the logistical and cost challenges presented in face of the most optimistic forecasts of passenger numbers.

“Recognising these challenges we recently commissioned research from Sustrans to work out the costs of upgrading the line to an all-weather surface allowing shared use for walkers, horses, the disabled and cyclists. The costs to bring the track up to the standards of other shared greenways across the UK are a tiny fraction of the cost to reopen the line to rail.

“We would encourage the county councils of Surrey and West Sussex to seriously consider upgrading the whole Downs Link from Guildford to Shoreham.”


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Finalists announced for Waverley BIG Awards 2018

The local business community in Waverley has really proved that the borough is ‘open for business’ with an incredible 70 entries in the inaugural year of the Waverley Business, Innovation and Growth awards!

The BIG Awards have attracted the finest calibre of entrants across many sectors, rural and urban, small and large, younger companies and from long established businesses.

The four Chambers of Commerce from Cranleigh, Farnham, Godalming and Haslemere have been working together as Waverley Joint Chambers of Commerce in partnership with Waverley Borough Council to develop the Awards.

Our aim is to encourage businesses to locate here, to retain local companies and help them grow, to promote Waverley as a ‘the’ place to do business south of London and to market the many skilled employment opportunities on our residents’ doorsteps.

Designed ‘by local businesses, for local businesses’ the Awards recognise, promote and celebrate the achievements of the innovative and entrepreneurial business community in Waverley.

Waverley Borough Council’s Economic Portfolio Holder, Cllr Jim Edwards, said:

Waverley Borough Council is delighted to be principal sponsor for the first ever Waverley BIG awards. Local businesses play a key part in our community, supporting the local economy, providing jobs and adding to the attractiveness of the borough.

There are four Chamber President’s Awards for Cranleigh, Farnham, Godalming and Haslemere which were open to all businesses, not just Chambers members.

In addition, awards for Customer Delight, Innovation, Staff Engagement and Community Partnerships make up the suite of eight awards.

The Waverley BIG Awards 2018 are also generously sponsored by Dunsfold Park, Edwards Greene Accountants, Downs Solicitors, Blink, Taybridge Consulting, SI Capital, Cornmeter, Blue Dot Display, PAAC IT, Marley Flowers, The Remarkable Studio, Angus Lyon Action Coach, Lythe Hill Hotel, Surrey County Council, Farnham and Haslemere Town Councils.

The winners will be announced at a gala awards ceremony on Friday 19th October, at Lythe Hill Hotel, Haslemere attended by 200 sponsors, finalists and guests.


Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce PRESIDENT’S AWARD
Hans Christmas Andersen
Idyllic Beauty and Day Spa Ltd
Taurus Wines Ltd


Farnham Chamber of Commerce PRESIDENT’S AWARD
Branston Adams
CGJ Mathias & Son
Kall Kwik Farnham


Haslemere Chamber of Commerce PRESIDENT’S AWARD
Dylan’s Ice Cream Ltd
Haslemere Chiropractic Clinic
Haslemere Hall


Godalming Chamber of Commerce PRESIDENT’S AWARD
Innovation Visual Ltd
Munro Studios Ltd
Ritual Coffee UK


Atrainability Ltd
Dylan’s Ice Cream Ltd
Wedition Ltd


ClickIQ Ltd
Download Learning Ltd
SI Capital Ltd


Carbon Six Digital Limited
Innovation Visual Ltd


Baker Law LLP
Branston Adams
Marley Flowers Ltd


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Business Rates & Cyber Security workshops

Waverley Borough Council is running two free training/info sessions:

Monday 24 September 2018 – Business rates clinic at The Burys, Godalming – next Monday morning 9.30-1pm – individual businesses can book 1:2:1 appointments with the Business Rates Officer – email

Wednesday 17 October 2018 – free Cyber Security training – at ramsac’s offices, Godalming – bookings can be made here via Eventbrite:

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Reducing plastic use in Cranleigh

Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce is pleased to support a new initiative by Waverley Borough Council, aimed at reducing the amount of single use plastic in our community.

Residents and visitors are being encouraged to refill water bottles, with friendly cafes, shops, hotels and other premises providing free refill points.

Participating businesses will display a sticker in their window and have their businesses details included on the ‘Refill’ app, advertising to passers-by that they can come on in and fill up their water bottle for free.

More information on the Refill app can be found here:

Well over 10,000 businesses across the country have already signed up to this scheme and we are encouraging Cranleigh businesses to take part too.

Please get in touch to if you would like to participate in this scheme and we can introduce you to the relevant contact at Waverley.

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Three important updates for Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce members

1 – We’ve got four spaces left for the Data Protection and You workshop we are hosting at Santa Fir on Thursday morning at 10am. This is a free two-hour workshop being led by Richard Peers from Online Tools Wizard. It’s a must attend for any Chamber member who want to check they are complying with GDPR which came into force in May. Register ASAP at

2 – The deadline for entries to the Waverley BIG Awards 2018 has been extended to midnight on Saturday 8th September. These awards are free to enter and represent a great opportunity to showcase your business in one of four categories; staff engagement, education and empowerment; innovation; customer delight; and community partnership. Find out more and enter now at

3 – Our final breakfast meeting of the year takes place at The Park Hatch on Wednesday 12th September. Our guest speaker is Cllr Jim Edwards, Portfolio Holder for Economic and Community Development at Waverley Borough Council. Jim will be updating us on Waverley Borough Council’s economic strategy for the area. Tickets are only £12 and include a delicious breakfast at this award-winning Surrey pub. Find out more and book your ticket today at

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Review of Gambling Act 2005 Statement of Principles – Public Consultation

Waverley Borough Council is consulting on the update of the Council’s Gambling Act 2005 Statement of Principles 2019-21 and would like your feedback.

The Gambling Act 2005 requires the Council as licensing authority to prepare and publish a Statement of Principles every three years. The existing Statement of Gambling Policy was published in January 2016 and is due for review by January 2019.

Waverley wants to consult with residents, local businesses, associated trade bodies, responsible authorities and other stakeholders, to hear your views on the new draft Statement Gambling Policy – see link below with amendments highlighted.

Gambling Policy review with track changes

Any comments can be submitted by emailing: or writing to: Waverley Borough Council Licensing Team, Council Offices, The Bury’s, Godalming GU7 1HR.

The consultation runs from 13 August to 5 November 2018 when Waverley will consider all the responses and amend the draft as appropriate.

The Licensing Committee will review the updated policy on 12 November 2018 and a summary responses will be available on the Waverley Borough Council website.

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Food Safety Course in Cranleigh

Cranleigh Arts Centre is holding a Level 2 Food Safety Course on 1st October and has a few places available to offer to other organisations.

You can book a place for £53 per delegate by emailing

The following PDF offers details of the course:

Food Safety Lvl 2 details

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Destination Cranleigh website launched

Cranleigh in Bloom continues to flourish

The thriving community in Cranleigh has received another boost following the launch of a new Village Website.

Destination Cranleigh has been launched with the backing of Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce, as a website containing the latest news about Cranleigh, details of local events and a comprehensive business directory.

The site was built by local creative agency Bamford Media, which will manage content and listings, in partnership with the Chamber.

Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce members receive a free directory listing on the Destination Cranleigh website, which can be optionally upgraded to a premium listing.

Other businesses can also be included at a small fee to cover the cost of running the website. Clubs, charities and organisations will be listed free of charge.

The site has been designed as a ‘one stop shop’ for local residents, visitors and newcomers to the village, providing useful information and links. It will promote the range of independent retailers, visitor attractions and leisure activities Cranleigh has to offer.

Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce president Rosemary French OBE commented:

The recent closure of the Cranleigh Village website, which was maintained by the Parish Council, left a significant online information gap. This presented an opportunity for the Chamber to put forward a new independent website to serve as a valuable hub for local information.

Cranleigh has so much to offer residents and visitors, but finding the right information about local businesses and local organisations can be a challenge. We hope that Destination Cranleigh will become a trusted source of local news, events and business information.

Local businesses and organisations which are existing members of Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce should check their listing information at and email to request any corrections.

To upgrade to a premium listing – which includes a photo gallery, business description and social media links – please email Premium listings and listings for non Chamber businesses are charged at £20 a year.

Destination Cranleigh also welcomes local news and event listings from Chamber members and other local groups.

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