Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

TIM ARNOLD Bur­roway Road Langley THE key prob­lem with Heathrow Air­port ex­pan­sion is that the peo­ple who will suf­fer from the project will not share di­rectly in the eco­nomic ben­e­fits.

Have our lead­ers learnt noth­ing from Brexit?

We should fol­low the ex­am­ple of the French, who pay gen­er­ous pre­mi­ums for com­pul­sory pur­chased prop­erty.

There, liv­ing near a ma­jor de­vel­op­ment is looked upon as a bless­ing, as a way of re­launch­ing one’s life, rather than feared.

Peo­ple within a 10mile ra­dius of the new run­way who choose to stay should also be given cash pay­ments to com­pen­sate them for the in­evitable re­duc­tion in their qual­ity of life, through in­creased noise and poor air qual­ity.

With a slid­ing scale for res­i­dents liv­ing fur­ther afield, whose en­vi­ron­ment will also be hit.

Only then will there be some de­gree of fair­ness be­tween the losers – peo­ple liv­ing nearby – and the win­ners – those in the wider, na­tional econ­omy.

It’s not rocket science, is it?

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