‘We want run­way de­ci­sion now’

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

HILLING­DON res­i­dents who sup­port Heathrow ex­pan­sion have met to cam­paign for a swift govern­ment de­ci­sion on the third run­way.

Back Heathrow said more than 50 lo­cal sup­port­ers gath­ered on Fe­bru­ary 15 to hear from Michael Uzielli, chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer at the air­port, who shared the lat­est news on the run­way de­bate and set out Heathrow’s plans.

Rob Gray, Back Heathrow’s cam­paign di­rec­tor, said: “From Hilling­don to Houn­slow and from Spelthorne to Eal­ing, more and more peo­ple want the govern­ment to make a swift de­ci­sion on Heathrow’s fu­ture.

“More than 50,000 res­i­dents told the Air­ports Com­mis­sion that they sup­port Heathrow ex­pan­sion, so th­ese new meet­ings of­fer an ex­tra op­por­tu­nity for some of our lo­cal ac­tivists to get more in­volved.

“Many res­i­dents ex­pressed their frus­tra­tion that when it comes to Heathrow, political games in West­min­ster are be­ing played at their ex­pense, putting the lo­cal econ­omy at risk and harm­ing fu­ture job prospects.”

Naresh Ah­luwalia, who lives in Yiewsley and at­tended the meet­ing, said: “Peo­ple in the com­mu­nity un­der­stand how im­por­tant the air­port is.

“Many lo­cal jobs de­pend on the air­port and we need to build an­other run­way as soon as pos­si­ble to se­cure more jobs in the fu­ture.

“The only way for this to hap­pen is if David Cameron ap­proves ex­pan­sion. Then Heathrow can mod­ernise, build a third run­way and be­come the num­ber one air­port in the world again.”

A de­ci­sion on whether to ex­pand Heathrow or Gatwick air­ports is ex­pected from the govern­ment in the se­cond half of this year.

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