Boris ‘is out of touch’ over Heathrow

Third run­way cam­paign­ers say the MP should get be­hind ex­pan­sion of air­port

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

ANTI-Heathrow ex­pan­sion MP Boris John­son has been slammed as ‘out of touch’ with his con­stituents, who are not com­plain­ing about the hub air­port.

The Back Heathrow cam­paign group claim only five peo­ple in Uxbridge and South Ruis­lip com­plained about noise lev­els at Heathrow Air­port in 2015.

The five con­stituents made a to­tal of 16 com­plaints last year, with the pro-Heathrow group sug­gest­ing Mr John­son is ‘out of step with the views of most of his con­stituents’.

A re­cent Pop­u­lus poll showed 61 per cent of Uxbridge and South Ruis­lip res­i­dents felt pos­i­tively about Heathrow and seven per cent felt neg­a­tively.

Rob Heathrow Gray, Back

cam­paign di­rec­tor, said: “Boris John­son is clearly out of touch with his con­stituents when he crit­i­cises Heathrow.

“As a prom­i­nent sup­porter of Brexit, he should be prais­ing the UK’s largest port and mass-provider of longterm routes be­yond the EU.

“Whilst any noise com­plaint is one too many, Mr John­son should get be­hind Heathrow, which pro­vides large num­bers of jobs and busi­ness ben­e­fits in his con­stituency.”

The sta­tis­tics were also sim­i­lar for Mr John­son’s neigh­bour­ing con­stituency of Ruis­lip, North­wood and Pin­ner, rep­re­sented by Nick Hurd MP.

Only seven of Mr Hurd’s con­stituents com­plained about noise lev­els in 2015, mak­ing a to­tal of 13 com­plaints.

Heathrow Air­port’s an­nual noise com­plaints fig­ures also show that 47 peo­ple in the en­tire bor­ough of Hilling­don, where the air­port is based, ob­jected last year, mak­ing a to­tal of 100 com­plaints.

John Ste­wart, chair­man of the Heathrow As­so­ci­a­tion for the Con­trol of Air­craft Noise (HA­CAN) agrees that there is vir­tu­ally no air­craft noise in Uxbridge and it would be a ‘big sur­prise’ if com­plaints came from there.

He said: “Closer to the air­port, even places like Har­mondsworth are not over­flown, so again, we wouldn’t ex­pect a huge num­ber of com­plaints.

“What Back Heathrow is skip­ping is what peo­ple are con­cerned about in the Heathrow Vil­lages: it is of course the loss of their homes. They’re try­ing to draw at­ten­tion to an is­sue which has never been an is­sue in the bor­ough.

“They should look at ar­eas di­rectly un­der the flight path – they should look at Houn­slow, Rich­mond and Wind­sor.”

n ANTI-EX­PAN­SION: Boris John­son MP

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