Where will Heathrow workers be housed?
WOULD like to comment on the Heathrow Ltd advertisement in the Gazette of Wednesday, November 12.
It claims that a third runway would create some 60,000 jobs. The office of National Statistics have estimated that some 80 per cent of new jobs created are filled by inward immigration.
Such an influx of workers with their dependents would amount to some 96,000. It would require a town to be built five times as large as Staines to accommodate them.
If this was not done it would throw an intolerable strain on the housing lists of adjoining boroughs, which are already at breaking point.
Heathrow Ltd has given no indication of when or where such a large project could be undertaken.
They claim that they have the support of over 50,000 people – this figure is based on a poll they have commissioned to support their case. This is badly flawed. It was conducted over a large area where the respondents would not be greatly affected by noise, pollution, major congestion or eviction.
Had this been conducted adjacent to the airport, where it is proposed to forcibly evict some 3,000 people from their homes – making them displaced persons in their own country – it would have presented a different picture.
Heathrow Ltd is a foreign-owned company, which ruthlessly pursues its own financial interest regardless of the distress it causes local residents. To be forced out of one’s home is a major trauma, second only to bereavement.
Heathrow Ltd has published the names of people who they claim support them.
It is easy to be generous with the homes and lives of other people when your own is not affected.
I hope these people will reconsider their position and withdraw their names from use.