Sim­ple so­lu­tion to Gatwick puz­zle

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - ROB GRAY Cam­paign co­or­di­na­tor, Back Heathrow BRYAN TOM­LIN­SON Che­viot Close, Har­ling­ton

READ­ERS could be for­given for won­der­ing why Gatwick’s chief ex­ec­u­tive Ste­wart Win­gate has launched a charm of­fen­sive upon com­mu­ni­ties in Hilling­don (News, 15 April) but here lies a sim­ple so­lu­tion to this puz­zle.

There is vir­tu­ally zero sup­port for Gatwick ex­pan­sion in the com­mu­ni­ties sur­round­ing that air­port.

Ev­ery coun­cil bar one and ev­ery sin­gle MP within miles of Gatwick is ve­he­mently op­posed to its plans to be­come big­ger than Heathrow.

This sorry state of af­fairs must be why Gatwick’s bosses – from their re­mote Sus­sex HQ – or­dered a mail­ing to far-flung Hilling­don res­i­dents in a des­per­ate last-ditch at­tempt to drum up some sup­port.

Their pro­pa­ganda is noth­ing but a shock­ing attack on Heathrow, the bor­ough’s big­gest em­ployer and eco­nomic en­gine for west Lon­don and the Thames Val­ley.

Many res­i­dents living near the UK’s hub air­port ac­knowl­edge that if Heathrow is al­lowed to grow, there would be sig­nif­i­cant benefits, in­clud­ing the cre­ation of thou­sands of jobs and ap­pren­tice­ships – even if some ob­ject to ex­pan­sion.

Yet Gatwick spends so much time at­tack­ing Heathrow and so lit­tle time pro­mot­ing its own case, one can only as­sume that it has no case to make. them wrong. Heathrow have re­grouped, vastly in­creased their PR bud­get and have got Unite and once again, prom­i­nent Labour politi­cians on board with their fake ‘growth’ pro­pa­ganda.

The Davies Com­mis­sion is in­volved be­cause West­min­ster politi­cians are scared of the public back­lash. Davies rep­re­sents the Air­ports Com­mis­sion which is heav­ily biased to­wards the avi­a­tion in­dus­try.

Politi­cians such as Mr Sum­mers can then say “Not me guv, it was Davies”. In fact Chris, you’re do­ing it al­ready.

The only peo­ple that be­lieve we need an ex­tra run­way in the South East are the greedy off shore air­port own­ers, self­ish busi­ness and union lead­ers that are run­ning our coun­try in to the ground and gullible politi­cians.

The rest of us un­der­stand that Lon­don has more run­ways than all it’s Euro­pean com­peti­tors and all of those, even Heathrow, are not

run­ning at full pas­sen­ger ca­pac­ity.

I sup­port Hilling­don Coun­cil pro­tect­ing it’s res­i­dents by in­sist­ing that if Heathrow con­tin­ues to il­le­gally pol­lute and rid­ing roughshod over lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties it should close. It’s how you deal with aw­ful neigh­bours.

As an air­port worker I don’t want Heathrow to close but at the same time, they have to un­der­stand that we were here first and de­serve to live our lives free from the con­stant threat of de­mo­li­tion.

Heathrow’s for­eign own­ers have the free­dom to sell their in­vest­ment if they can­not get the profit they need.

Fi­nally Chris, if you want to crit­i­cise Alexander Boris de Pf­ef­fer John­son why not use his ridicu­lous sup­port of HS2 and call­ing Hilling­don res­i­dents NIM­BYs? Please don’t use Heathrow ex­pan­sion to set­tle your po­lit­i­cal scores.

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