FOLLOW FRENCH EXAMPLE
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?