Un­cer­tain in­tegrity in con­sul­ta­tion process

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - ALI ABDI Che­viot Close, Har­ling­ton HE­LEN GRAD­WELL Ad­dress sup­plied

I AT­TENDED a con­sul­ta­tion event here in Har­ling­ton or­gan­ised by BAA [now Heathrow Air­port Ltd (HAL), held on Tues­day, Septem­ber 9].

I was ex­pect­ing a pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion on all is­sues that may arise from the pro­posed third run­way. How­ever, ac­cord­ing to HAL, the con­sul­ta­tion was in­tended to pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for res­i­dents and busi­nesses to give their views on the prin­ci­ples be­hind the noise scheme com­pen­sa­tion pro­posal.

In other words, the cur­rent con­sul­ta­tion is a ‘con­sul­ta­tion about noise com­pen­sa­tion’.

I have [asked] why HAL is not con­sult­ing com­mu­ni­ties and stake­hold­ers about other is­sues (en­vi­ron­men­tal, so­cial, eco­nomic, etc) that may arise from the pro­posed third run­way, and I have been told a full con­sul­ta­tion on all is­sues was con­ducted within six weeks from March 2014.

Apart from be­ing a con­cerned res­i­dent of a dis­trict ad­ja­cent to Heathrow, I am also an en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­fes­sional with con­sid­er­able ex­pe­ri­ence in th­ese is­sues, and I [could not un­der­stand] how this could be done within six weeks.

We are all fa­mil­iar with the po­ten­tial ef­fects of the pro­posed Heathrow ex­pan­sion. I can only con­clude that the process is flawed and its in­tegrity is in ques­tion be­cause, ir­re­spec­tive of the out­come, the con­sul­ta­tion process con­cern­ing the scale of the pro­posed ex­pan­sion of Heathrow can­not be done within six weeks.

The store team raised the money through a va­ri­ety of fun ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing set­ting up a do­na­tion sta­tion and hold­ing a back-to-school fundraiser in the store.

Lee said: “I’d like to send out a big thanks to all the ded­i­cated, pas­sion­ate team mem­bers at the Hayes store who threw them­selves into fundrais­ing and helped raise a bril­liant to­tal for Can­cer Re­search UK.

“It is a cause close to many of our hearts, so we’ve cho­sen to support the char­ity again this year.”

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