Views needed over airport options
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