Where will Heathrow work­ers be housed?

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

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.

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