Heathrow fight is not over yet

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

THE de­ci­sion on whether a new run­way should be built at Heathrow or Gatwick will not be the end of the story, ac­cord­ing to cam­paign­ers.

Sir Howard Davies is ex­pected to pub­lish the Air­ports Com­mis­sion Re­port to­day (Wed­nes­day) and the gov­ern­ment will an­nounce its fi­nal de­ci­sion at the end of the year.

John Stewart, chair of anti­noise pres­sure group HACAN, said: “Wed­nes­day is far from the end of the story.

“Even if Davies rec­om­mends a third run­way, there is no guar­an­tee the gov­ern­ment will go for it as there are so many ‘big beasts’ in the cab­i­net op­posed to it.”

How­ever Heathrow ar­gues it is best placed to de­liver the great­est eco­nomic ben­e­fit for the coun­try: up to £211bn and 180,000 jobs. The air­port’s chief ex­ec­u­tive, John Hol­land-Kaye, said: “Ex­pand­ing Heathrow is not only de­liv­er­able, it’s vi­tal. It will de­liver what the na­tion needs and what politi­cians want – an op­por­tu­nity to win the race for jobs.”

He said the Air­ports Com­mis­sion agreed air qual­ity lim­its and noise re­duc­tion tar­gets could be met.

Stop Heathrow Ex­pan­sion cam­paign­ers will be gath­ered up­stairs at the Five Bells pub in Har­mondsworth to speak to the media to­day.

n CAM­PAIGN: Chair of HACAN Clearskies John Stewart

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