Air­port ex­pan­sion has a pos­i­tive side

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

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

Hilling­don

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