Council ridicules Heathrow’s claims
HILLINGDON Council will write to the Airports Commission to say the plans for expanding Heathrow are flawed.
The council cabinet approved its consultation response on January 22.
The response includes a report on the impact expansion would have on the health and quality of life of nearby residents. It says expansion would require ‘the demolition of communities, compromise health-based air quality and cause widespread adverse impacts of aircraft noise pollution across more people than all of the other European hub airports put together.’ Councillor Ray Puddifoot, leader of the council, said: “Heathrow Airport’s proposals are full of hollow promises and gaping holes, lacking any realistic assessment of the impact Heathrow expansion would have on our community. It beggars belief increased noise, heightened flood risk, public transport pressures and reduction of air quality – not to mention the trauma of uprooting families who have lived locally for decades – are glossed over. We are also concerned the so-called economic benefits of expanding this airport do not stand up to scrutiny.”
He added: “The recent activities of Heathrow and its PR machine have demonstrated neither they nor their survey results can be taken seriously.”
The commission has been tasked with identifying the best solution for increasing flight capacity in the South East. The three options being considered are building a third runway at Heathrow, extending one of Heathrow’s runways and building another runway at Gatwick.
The consultation period ended yesterday (Tuesday). The commission will publish its final recommendations in the summer.
A Heathrow Airport spokeswoman said: “The Airports Commission has confirmed only Heathrow can connect Britain to global growth, delivering up to £211 billion to the economy and 180,000 jobs, including 41,000 locally, while reducing noise. We will work with schools, colleges and unions to give young people in the area training and opportunities, doubling the number of apprenticeships to 10,000.