Surrey County Council today (11 January) joined seven other local authorities in signing a new plan to work together to promote economic growth in the Gatwick area.
Following the signing of the Gatwick Diamond Memorandum of Understanding, Surrey County Council’s deputy leader Peter Martin, said: “This signals our commitment to working as part of one team in the interests of people in the Gatwick area, including many in Surrey.
“The area is a big economic player and the aim of all the partners is to ensure this success continues to help drive the rest of the country along the road to recovery.
“That means working with businesses to promote innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship and giving people the skills they need to succeed.”
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The Gatwick Diamond name comes from the shape drawn around Gatwick Airport reflecting the influence the airport has on the lives of the people in that area, which includes much of East Surrey.
It was launched by the Surrey and West Sussex Economic Partnerships to make Gatwick as successful as other airport-focused areas and is business-led.
It involves the two county councils and six borough and district councils – in Surrey these are Mole Valley, Reigate and Banstead and Tandridge – and a range of other public and private sector partners.