No trust for own­ers of Heathrow air­port

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - KEVIN GAN­NON Wat­ford

LAST month Heathrow’s own­ers placed a four-page ad­ver­tis­ing fea­ture to say there should be a third run­way at the air­port.

This would lead to a huge in­crease in flights with ob­vi­ous im­pli­ca­tions for air pol­lu­tion, noise from planes, and con­ges­tion from road traf­fic to and from the air­port.

In the 1990s when BAA (now called Heathrow Air­port Hold­ings Ltd) wanted to build Ter­mi­nal Five there were fears it would lead to a third run­way. There was a lengthy public in­quiry and BAA ad­ver­tised in the Eal­ing Gazette to try to re­as­sure us. Roger Cato, Heathrow’s then man­ag­ing direc­tor, wrote in Jan­uary 1999: “We are giv­ing the clear­est pos­si­ble mean­ing­ful in­di­ca­tion of our be­lief that a third run­way should never be built at Heathrow.” Six­teen years later and the air­port is say­ing the UK ‘has an op­por­tu­nity to de­cide, once and for all, where a much-needed new run­way will go. And, it’s clear – it has to be Heathrow’. Clearly the own­ers of Heathrow can­not be trusted. Don’t be at all sur­prised, even if they get their third run­way, if they come back in a few years push­ing for yet an­other ter­mi­nal or a fourth run­way. More planes means more prof­its for them, or so they hope. Enough is enough – there must be no more ex­pan­sion of Heathrow.

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