HEATHROW AIR­PORT LAT­EST Lo­cal res­i­dents tell new gov­ern­ment – “Yes, let’s de­liver Heathrow ex­pan­sion” F

Harefield Gazette - - PROPERTY -

or lo­cal peo­ple one of the big­gest de­ci­sions fac­ing the new gov­ern­ment is whether to ex­pand Heathrow air­port. It is THE hot topic for com­mu­ni­ties living near to Heathrow, as well as be­ing of huge im­por­tance for the coun­try. Now the UK has an op­por­tu­nity to de­cide, once and for all, on where a much-needed new run­way will go. And, it’s clear – it has to be Heathrow.

Ex­pand­ing Heathrow has been de­bated for decades but, whilst the UK has dithered, the rest of the world has moved ahead, as Heathrow re­mains full. Am­s­ter­dam, Paris and Frank­furt are just some of the op­tions avail­able to air­lines des­per­ately seek­ing an al­ter­na­tive hub air­port from which they can meet their cus­tomers’ needs. The pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment ac­cepted the need to in­crease run­way ca­pac­ity in the South East and set up the Air­ports Com­mis­sion to make a clear rec­om­men­da­tion on ex­pan­sion at ei­ther Heathrow or Gatwick and its re­port is due within weeks. It’s clear from Back Heathrow’s 100,000 sup­port­ers and in­de­pen­dent polling that lo­cal peo­ple want it to be Heathrow – the cru­cial thing is that our politi­cians get on with im­ple­ment­ing any rec­om­men­da­tion for Heathrow. More de­lay will mean air­lines vot­ing with their planes and leav­ing for other hub air­ports. The fu­ture for Heathrow would be bleak.

We can all do our bit to make sure our MPs know how strongly we feel about the fu­ture of Heathrow and our com­mu­nity. Let them know how much we want up to £211bn of eco­nomic growth, and up to 180,000 new jobs and 10,000 ap­pren­tice­ships. Tell them why the plans for cut­ting noise, in­creas­ing com­pen­sa­tion and new en­vi­ron­men­tal mea­sures all add up to help­ing de­liver a big­ger, bet­ter and qui­eter Heathrow.

This is a golden op­por­tu­nity for lo­cal peo­ple, com­mu­ni­ties and our coun­try. The time for de­bate is over.

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