Third runway to make impact
M25 could be moved closer to village
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.
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