Air­port ex­pan­sion needed else­where

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - JU­DITH SIN­CLAIR Ruis­lip BRYAN TOM­LIN­SON Che­viot Close Har­ling­ton

air­field to gen­er­ate in­come.

The noise gen­er­ated by the air­craft based at Northolt dur­ing the Olympics was way above the usual deci­bel level.

No­tices had to be erected on the A40 to warn mo­torists.

Maybe the air­craft noise is not so great over Vine Lane as it is fur­ther from the air­port and the planes are at a greater al­ti­tude?

My fa­ther was a mem­ber of the RAF dur­ing the Sec­ond World War and I too am proud of that her­itage.

It is good that air am­bu­lances use the site.

It would be good for the RAF to re­main at Northolt, but it would be won­der­ful if it were only them.

We can re­ally man­age with­out the noisy com­mer­cial arm! THE Heathrow ex­pan­sion sup­port­ers keep trot­ting out crazy pro­jec­tions of job cre­ation. Even Sir Howard Davies was do­ing it.

It is im­pos­si­ble for Heathrow to have any cor­rect pro­jec­tions as they have no ac­tual start date of build­ing or flights ar­riv­ing.

Heathrow have no idea of how up­turns and down­turns will af­fect the UK econ­omy.

They can­not pre­dict how air travel will re­act to lack of fos­sil fu­els, ter­ror­ism, im­proved busi­ness use of con­fer­ence call­ing or in­creases in stay­ca­tions.

Also, one air­craft dis­as­ter in cen­tral Lon­don will shut Heathrow.

For in­stance, a jobs boost of 120,000 be­tween 2030 and 2080 is only 2,400 per year.

These jobs would hap­pen and be spread more evenly around the UK if Manch­ester and Birm­ing­ham were en­cour­aged to share UK avi­a­tion in­fra­struc­ture growth.

Manch­ester and Birm­ing­ham air­ports and Cham­ber of Com­merce are cry­ing out for in­vest­ment.

A large NHS hos­pi­tal built ev­ery year all around the UK would also pro­vide a sim­i­lar jobs boost.

With 29,000 peo­ple an­nu­ally dy­ing due to air pol­lu­tion we need more hos­pi­tals, not run­ways.

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