‘Ma­jor ob­sta­cle’ to run­way

Coun­cil leader de­mands con­sul­ta­tion on flight­paths

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Kather­ine Cle­men­tine kather­ine.cle­men­tine@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

HILLING­DON Coun­cil leader Ray Pud­di­foot is de­mand­ing the Gov­ern­ment carry out con­sul­ta­tions on flight­paths be­fore de­cid­ing whether or not to al­low a third run­way at Heathrow.

He has writ­ten to the Prime Min­is­ter to ex­press his view that an ex­panded Heathrow would be un­law­ful un­less the new flight­paths needed to op­er­ate an ad­di­tional land­ing strip are first sub­ject to public con­sul­ta­tion.

David Cameron has said his gov­ern­ment will an­nounce its de­ci­sion by the end of the year.

Cllr Pud­di­foot, said: “Even the air­ports com­mis­sion has to agree that run­ways need flight­paths. If you ap­prove one you have to ap­prove the other.

“It will be un­law­ful for any gov­ern­ment to ap­prove a new run­way with­out pub­lish­ing de­tailed flight­path data so the com­mu­ni­ties af­fected can ex­er­cise their le­gal right to scru­ti­nise the plans.

“This is a ma­jor ob­sta­cle that can’t be put off much longer.”

The Lead­ers of Rich­mond and Wandsworth Coun­cils have joined Hilling­don in writ­ing to the Prime Min­is­ter to high­light what they see as flaws and omis­sions in the Air­ports Com­mis­sion’s fi­nal re­port on avi­a­tion ca­pac­ity.

They point out that by law, changes to Lon­don’s airspace re­quire open con­sul­ta­tion so a de­ci­sion to ex­pand Heathrow would pre-empt this statu­tory process.

Mr Cameron is con­sid­er­ing the com­mis­sion’s dossier which rec­om­mends ex­pand­ing Heathrow.

De­spite scru­ti­n­is­ing the new run­way pro­posal for more than two years the com­mis­sion­ers failed to iden­tify the lo­ca­tion of its new flight­paths, nor carry out the nec­es­sary con­sul­ta­tion.

In­stead, the fi­nal re­port, which costs tax pay­ers in the re­gion of £25m, asks min­is­ters to ap­prove a third run­way at Heathrow with­out telling them where the planes will fly over Lon­don and the south east.

The lo­cal coun­cils have now pointed out that the com­mis­sion’s rec­om­men­da­tion is point­ing the Gov­ern­ment down a le­gal cul-de-sac and has urged the PM to dis­miss the re­port.

The let­ter con­cludes that the lo­cal author­i­ties “re­serve their rights to take what­ever ac­tion is in their power to pro­tect their res­i­dents and com­mu­ni­ties from the dev­as­tat­ing im­pacts of a new run­way at Heathrow.”

Ravi Govin­dia, leader of Wandsworth Coun­cil, said: “The law is very clear. Com­mu­ni­ties have to be con­sulted on air space ad­vice@ipso.co.uk

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Please go to http://www. trin­i­tymir­ror.com/ changes and once those maps are fi­nally pub­lished the back­lash will com­pletely change the course of this de­bate.” how­to­com­plain where you can view our Com­plaints Pol­icy and Pro­ce­dure. A “How To Com­plain” pack is also avail­able by writ­ing to the Le­gal and Com­pli­ance Depart­ment, Trin­ity Mir­ror PLC, One Canada Square, Ca­nary Wharf, Lon­don E14 5AP.

n CON­SUL­TA­TION CALL: Cllr Ray Pud­di­foot, leader of Hilling­don Coun­cil

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