Noise could clinch air­port decision

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - Back Heathrow Hilling­don

THE pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion doc­u­ment is­sued by the Air­ports Com­mis­sion ar­gues that a third run­way at Heathrow will cost up to £4bil­lion more than the air­port has es­ti­mated.

A sec­ond run­way at Gatwick would also be more ex­pen­sive than its pro­mot­ers claim, but would cause far fewer noise prob­lems than Heathrow’s third run­way.

Ex­pan­sion at Heathrow would do more for the na­tional econ­omy, but a sec­ond run­way at Gatwick would also de­liver con­sid­er­able econ­omy ben­e­fits.

Both Gatwick and Heathrow are very much in the run­ning. At the end of the day it will come down to po­lit­i­cal de­liv­er­abil­ity.

A new run­way at ei­ther air­port would boost the econ­omy, but the re­port un­der­scores the fact the noise at Gatwick would af­fect far fewer peo­ple. For politi­cians, that could be the clincher.

On Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 3, we will be hold­ing a pub­lic ses­sion near Heathrow where the con­sul­ta­tion doc­u­ment will be de­bated. En­try will be by ticket only.

The com­mis­sion will an­nounce shortly how to reg­is­ter.

The con­sul­ta­tion ends on Tues­day, Fe­bru­ary 3.

The Air­ports Com­mis­sion is due to de­liver its fi­nal re­port in July next year, two months after the gen­eral elec­tion. air­port jobs.

At the very heart of this na­tional de­bate is whether or not there is lo­cal support for air­port ex­pan­sion.

More than 50,000 lo­cal res­i­dents liv­ing in the com­mu­ni­ties sur­round­ing Heathrow have al­ready signed up to our cam­paign to grow the UK’s hub air­port.

This fig­ure is re­in­forced by polling that shows majority back­ing for Heathrow ex­pan­sion in nine out of 10 par­lia­men­tary con­stituen­cies clos­est to the air­port.

At last this silent majority of sup­port­ive res­i­dents will be able to have their say on this vi­tal is­sue. back­ground of Natalie’s death, her friends and fam­ily nev­er­the­less came to­gether to cel­e­brate all that she had meant and con­tin­ues to mean for them.

They used the oc­ca­sion to raise in ex­cess of £1,700 for Hilling­don Mind, to help us reach out to, and support, other peo­ple liv­ing with men­tal health is­sues. This was a won­der­fully gen­er­ous thing to do and we are deeply ap­pre­cia­tive of the ef­fort put into rais­ing the do­na­tion.

Most of all, in her own words Jenny Barnes went to the heart of one of our fun­da­men­tal ob­jec­tives ‘to raise aware­ness and get peo­ple talk­ing about men­tal health’, and to nur­ture the sense that ‘it’s OK to be talk­ing about it’. It’s time to put an end to the stigma and fear around men­tal health is­sues. It’s time to talk, and it’s time to change.

Hilling­don Mind is cel­e­brat­ing 30 years of ser­vice to peo­ple within our bor­ough. We are res­o­lute in our de­ter­mi­na­tion to con­tinue, and to de­velop, support for peo­ple within our di­verse com­mu­ni­ties who ex­pe­ri­ence men­tal dis­tress, and to drive home the mes­sage that you are not alone and there are peo­ple who can help.

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