Views needed over air­port op­tions

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

THE Air­ports Com­mis­sion was set up by the gov­ern­ment to ex­am­ine what needed to be done to main­tain the UK’s sta­tus as Europe’s most im­por­tant avi­a­tion hub.

It has con­cluded that there is a need to build one new run­way in the south-east by 2030 and has cre­ated a short­list of three op­tions – two of which in­volve an ex­pan­sion of Heathrow and one which would en­vis­age the build­ing of a new run­way at Gatwick.

Over the past six months we have an­a­lysed the eco­nomic, so­cial, business and en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pacts (in­clud­ing noise, of course) of each of the pro­pos­als. The re­sults of this anal­y­sis have been is­sued for pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion.

An im­por­tant part of this process is to hear from those peo­ple likely to be af­fected by the pro­pos­als and we would like to en­cour­age peo­ple to re­spond.

The con­sul­ta­tion runs un­til Fe­bru­ary 3, 2015, and the con­sul­ta­tion ma­te­ri­als, in­clud­ing in­for­ma­tion on how to re­spond, can be ac­cessed on our web­site www.gov. uk/air­ports-com­mis­sion.

To hear views at first hand, the com­mis­sion has set up a pub­lic dis­cus­sion ses­sion at the Park Inn Ho­tel, Bath Road, Heathrow. It runs to­day (Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 3) un­til 8pm.

This will en­able it to hear views from lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and their elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives. This ses­sion has proved to be very popular and we will be pub­lish­ing a full tran­script on our web­site so those un­able to at­tend are able to read what was said.

My fel­low com­mis­sion­ers and I en­cour­age peo­ple to re­spond to the con­sul­ta­tion, and look for­ward to tak­ing their views on board as we en­ter the fi­nal phase of our work to iden­tify the best pro­posal.

SIR HOWARD DAVIES Chair­man Air­ports Com­mis­sion

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