Airport expansion has a positive side
I WRITE in response to Hillingdon Council and Councillor Puddifoot’s claim that Heathrow Airports proposals are full of hollow promises and that they do not stand up to scrutiny.
Where does he, (and the Council) live?
Is he still wearing his rose tinted glasses and still living in the same Ivory Tower that Pete Williams (Gazette, Letters February 4), says he is living in?
He only mentions the negative side of expansion, but fails as always to mention the positive side to Heathrow expansion.
I am one of the nearby residents that he mentions and I have been living in Hillingdon now for the past 16 years.
The positive side of this are all the extra jobs that will be generated.
He says he speaks up for the local residents who are against the expansion of Heathrow, but fails to mention the 80,000 people who back Heathrow.
Some people will have to move or leave their homes but what about the prospect of Heathrow declining if it does not expand and all the jobs that will be lost locally and in the wider Heathrow area?
What about the 180,000 jobs including 40,000 locally that will be generated by the expansion and the boost to the economy.
At the Davies Commission conference, held in the Park Inn Hotel in December, he stated that all Council Leaders, except Spelthorne, were opposed to the current Heathrow proposals.
Well I am wondering if he was in the same conference that I was in.
Besides Spelthorne, there was Ealing who I would say was about 60/40 against and then Slough who welcomed the proposals and wanted to talk to Heathrow and get involved with them on the proposed expansion and the jobs that would be generated by it.
In fact on Monday, February 2, I was invited to a Parliamentary reception hosted by Fiona McTaggart MP for Slough and Lord Clive Soley, who both gave a speech as to why they backed the expansion of Heathrow.
This gets me onto Boris Johnson, who like his friend Cllr Puddifoot would like Heathrow to decline and close, (so they can build houses on the site).
I agree with R.W. Teauge, (Boris will not care about Hillingdon, Letters February 4), who said that the residents of Hillingdon are being “stitched up” and that he will be voting for who ever can convince him and his friends that they are for Hillingdon and its residents.
One final word, even EasyJet, who are based and have their main hub at Gatwick, came out in favour of expansion at Heathrow.
I rest my case. BARRY NELSON-WEST Midhurst Gardens