Con­sul­ta­tion on Heathrow hub

Pub­lic road­show for ex­pan­sion plan

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Laura Mowat laura.mowat@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

CON­CERNED vil­lagers hope a road­show will shed more light on how the po­ten­tial £12 bil­lion Heathrow Hub ex­pan­sion could af­fect them.

There will be a pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion in Iver on Thurs­day, Jan­uary 15, re­gard­ing the pos­si­ble air­port ex­pan­sion.

The Heathrow Hub is one of three op­tions that has been short listed by the Air­port Com­mis­sion. The pro­posal aims to lengthen an ex­ist­ing run­way at Heathrow.

Iver parish coun­cil chair­man Wendy Matthews said: “We hope to get more de­tails, this will be the first pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion in the area, we have been ask­ing for one for months.”

The Heathrow Hub scheme in­cludes ex­tend­ing the run­way to 6,800 me­tres and claims it would give com­pen­sa­tion to af­fected com­mu­ni­ties as it is cheaper than other pro­pos­als.

Dr Matthews added: “It [the Heathrow Hub] will be bang in the mid­dle of Iver, it would have a huge im­pact on it and the roads around it, part of the prob­lem is the lack of in­for­ma­tion.

“It is dif­fi­cult to as­sess, we do not know how many houses are go­ing to be af­fected.

“At the mo­ment, we do not know if the im­pact will be worse for Iver than HS2.”

The other op­tions the Air­port Com­mis­sion has are to build a sec­ond run­way at Gatwick Air­port or to build a third run­way at Heathrow.

The decision will be taken later this year which pro­posal will go ahead to ex­pand Heathrow.

Cur­rently, the ma­jor in­ter­na­tional air­port op­er­ates at 98% of its ca­pac­ity within a cur­rent limit of 480,000 flights per year.

Ev­ery­one is wel­come to at­tend the con­sul­ta­tion which will be held at Rich­ings Park Sports Club, Rich­ings Park, Welles­ley Av­enue from 1pm un­til 8pm.

There will also be a rally against the new run­way on Tues­day March 3 at Church House Con­fer­ence Cen­tre in West­min­ster.

See www.iver­parish coun­cil.gov.uk for more de­tails.

Tell us your views on the Heathrow plan – email us at buck­snews@ trin­i­tysouth.co.uk.

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