MPs high­light pol­lu­tion threat

Im­pact of a third run­way and HS2

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Kather­ine Cle­men­tine

THE “dis­as­trous im­pact” of air pol­lu­tion was flagged up by two of Hilling­don’s MPs at a par­lia­men­tary de­bate last week.

Nick Hurd, Tory MP for Ruis­lip, North­wood, Pin­ner, and Labour’s John McDon­nell (Hayes and Har­ling­ton) warned of the con­se­quences of a third Heathrow run­way and the im­pact of the HS2 high speed rail pro­ject.

Speak­ing at the Westminster Hall de­bate, Mr Hurd said: “The plans for the con­struc­tion of HS2 will in­crease emis­sions of the most dan­ger­ous pol­lu­tants in my con­stituency by 40%. Is that not gross ir­re­spon­si­bil­ity?

“We are be­ing asked to host mul­ti­ple con­struc­tion sites, some of which will be in ex­is­tence for 10 years. They will flood nar­row sub­ur­ban roads with HGVs.”

He said roads are “al­ready clogged” and are sur­rounded by high­den­sity hous­ing and schools, adding: “The im­pact will be dis­as­trous.”

Mr McDon­nell said he sup­ported the prin­ci­ple of high-speed rail, but added: “We have dis­cov­ered that HS2 would gen­er­ate more traf­fic in our area, rather than re­duc­ing it and over­com­ing some prob­lems at Heathrow.”

HS2 plans will in­crease HGV traf­fic on Swake­leys round­about by 1,672 move­ments per day and on Harvil Road, there will be 1,360 new HGV move­ments per day.

Mr Hurd has called on the Gov­ern­ment to ‘bury’ the is­sue by ex­tend a pro­posed tun­nel so that it crosses the Colne val­ley.

He said: “It can be done tech­ni­cally, and the Lon­don bor­ough of Hilling­don’s re­port shows that it can be done for more or less the same price as the ex­ist­ing pro­pos­als.”

Both MPs stood shoul­der to shoul­der in op­po­si­tion to a third run­way at Heathrow, with Mr McDon­nell warn­ing that an ex­panded Heathrow would “never be able to com­ply with air pol­lu­tion lim­its” be­cause of the road and air traf­fic.

The Labour MP crit­i­cised plan­ning de­ci­sions sup­ported by Boris John­son, in his ca­pac­ity as Lon­don Mayor.

He said: “The first ex­am­ple is the Con­way bi­tu­men plant de­vel­op­ment in my con­stituency. Res­i­dents wake in the morn­ing and are nau­seous and sick due to the over­pow­er­ing smell of bi­tu­men.”

Mr McDon­nell is con­cerned about the lo­ca­tion of a new su­per­mar­ket de­vel­op­ment in Hayes be­ing too close to the plant.

The House of Com­mons de­bate took place on the morn­ing of June 9.

n SPEAK UP: John McDon­nell, MP for Hayes and Har­ling­ton. Be­low, Nick Hurd, MP for Ruis­lip, North­wood and Pin­ner

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