Third run­way to make im­pact

M25 could be moved closer to vil­lage

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­

PLANS for a third run­way at Heathrow Air­port have met with strong op­po­si­tion from peo­ple in South Bucks.

Last week, the Davies Com­mis­sion pro­duced a re­port fol­low­ing a study into the fu­ture of avi­a­tion in the UK.

It rec­om­mended to the gov­ern­ment that a third run­way should be built at Heathrow Air­port in or­der to ac­com­mo­date the in­creas­ing de­mand for air travel.

If the gov­ern­ment chooses to press ahead with the idea fol­low­ing the re­port’s rec­om­men­da­tions, the im­pact on South Bucks could be sig­nif­i­cant, depend­ing on the new run­way’s lo­ca­tion.

It could mean that the M25 is moved closer to Iver in or­der to ac­com­mo­date it, with an in­crease in con­struc­tion traf­fic while the pro­ject is be­ing built, as well as af­ter­wards with ex­tra traf­fic ac­cess­ing the air­port.

There is also ex­pected to be a large in­crease in the num­ber of aero­planes trav­el­ling over the area.

Peo­ple liv­ing in the Rich­ings Park area of Iver have hit out at the re­port’s find­ings, say­ing that the im­pact would be huge.

Graham Young, of the Rich­ings Park Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion, said: “The bal­ance be­tween na­tional eco­nomic ben­e­fit and the neg­a­tive im­pacts on lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties such as ours has been overly weighted in favour of busi­ness – and not nec­es­sar­ily Bri­tish.

“The con­cept that mit­i­ga­tion and com­pen­sa­tion can be seen as a so­lu­tion to all the lo­cal con­cerns would be laugh­able if it wasn’t so in­sult­ing.

“The re­port claims that there will be no im­pact on our lo­cal roads with re­gard to the huge in­crease in HGVs that will re­sult from the in­crease in air freight, de­spite the fact that Heathrow iden­ti­fied Iver as a dis­tri­bu­tion cen­tre in their sub­mis­sion to the com­mis­sion.”

He added that he ex­pects peo­ple liv­ing in South Bucks will step up their fight against the pro­ject and would join to­gether with other com­mu­nity groups around the air­port to strengthen their po­si­tion.

What do you think? Is a third run­way bad news for Bucks? Email our letters page at buck­snews@trin­i­tysouth.

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