Com­mu­nity needs Heathrow Air­port

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

FELT com­pelled to re­spond to the anony­mous let­ter pub­lished in last week’s pa­per re­gard­ing Heathrow’s fu­ture, par­tic­u­larly as I was sin­gled out for spe­cial at­ten­tion ‘Heathrow can only ever be part-time’ (Let­ters, Oc­to­ber 1).

The let­ter went on to blame the air­port owner’s ‘in­tran­si­gence’ for block­ing the build­ing of a Thames Es­tu­ary Air­port, which would have re­sulted in the loss of 114,000 lo­cal jobs and cost more than £120bn to the UK tax­payer.

I am sure Heathrow would be de­lighted to take the credit for this but I feel it fair to point out that it was the de­ter­mi­na­tion of lo­cal peo­ple that helped win the day.

More than 40,000 have al­ready signed up to the Back Heathrow cam­paign, to block the Mayor’s barmy scheme and to se­cure a bright fu­ture for the UK’s only hub air­port.

Un­for­tu­nately, the root cause of the prob­lem has not gone away – Heathrow is burst­ing at the seams.

The choice we face re­mains whether to al­low the air­port to grow or de­cline.

The threat of clo­sure had one up­side: it made many res­i­dents and politi­cians re­alise how much they ap­pre­ci­ated their air­port.

Yes, Heathrow is not per­fect and it must work harder to re­duce noise and pol­lu­tion, but the for­tunes of lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and Heathrow are in­ex­tri­ca­bly linked.

So, let’s choose to grow and

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