Don’t use Brexit to de­lay third run­way

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - BARRY NEL­SON-WEST Granville Road, Hillingdon

ON Sat­ur­day [July 3] I at­tended a rally of hun­dreds of Heathrow sup­port­ers who all share my outrage that the gov­ern­ment, (un­der the pre­text of the BREXIT vote), has yet again avoided mak­ing a de­ci­sion on air­port ex­pan­sion.

I have heard ru­mours that some say ex­pan­sion is not what lo­cal peo­ple want. Well I would like to tell these peo­ple that they do not speak for me and cer­tainly not for the 100,000 plus LO­CAL sup­port­ers who also back ex­pan­sion at Heathrow.

I’ve lived around the air­port for most of my life in Eal­ing, Brent­ford, Kingston, Twick­en­ham, Maiden­head and Rich­mond to name but a few, so I’m no stranger to air­craft tak­ing off or land­ing over my house. I un­der­stand that it is part of the deal that comes with hav­ing an air­port on my doorstep and that it pro­vides prop­erty, op­por­tu­nity and in­cred­i­ble ben­e­fits for lo­cal peo­ple.

For the last 30 years I’ve worked in a num­ber of jobs – house man­ager, chef, chauf­feur and pi­lot.

All dif­fer­ent but all de­pen­dent on Heathrow. With­out the air­port I wouldn’t have been able earn a liv­ing and raise my fam­ily. My wife also worked in the ho­tels around Heathrow be­fore hav­ing chil­dren and it was the air­port she went back to when she re­sumed work. We in turn spend our money in lo­cal shops and busi­nesses. That has def­i­nitely got to be good news for them, the peo­ple they em­ploy & for the lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties. Ev­ery­one ben­e­fits.

A new run­way at Heathrow is vi­tal and the gov­ern­ment needs to show lo­cal peo­ple they care about our jobs and our chil­dren’s fu­tures. My mes­sage to the next Prime Min­is­ter is clear – it’s time to back Heathrow NOW!

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