Choose Gatwick

Pro-Heathrow third run­way group

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Alexan­der Ballinger alexan­der.ballinger@trin­i­tymir­

COUN­CIL­LORS in Hillingdon have voted to back a mo­tion call­ing on the Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May to ‘bring a swift end to the blight of Hillingdon residents’ by choos­ing to ex­pand Gatwick Air­port over Heathrow.

The mo­tion was put for­ward at a full meet­ing of Hillingdon Coun­cil on Thurs­day, Septem­ber 8 by the leader of the coun­cil Ray Pud­di­foot.

But it was op­posed by the Labour group on the coun­cil who said it was the author­ity’s re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­tect residents by op­pos­ing Heathrow, and not to move the im­pact on peo­ple else­where.

Cllr Pud­di­foot said at the meet­ing: “Any­one ap­proach­ing this from a com­mon sense, prac­ti­cal point of view would log­i­cally choose Gatwick.

“The Cameron govern­ment were un­will­ing to come to a con­clu­sion on this is­sue. There was a dan­ger that com­mon sense and prac­ti­cal­ity might have been aban­doned. How­ever, we have a new Govern­ment now.”

The mo­tion calls on Theresa May to make a de­ci­sion on the Air­port Com­mis­sion re­port as soon as Par­lia­ment re­turns after the summer re­cess.

It goes on to con­firm Hillingdon Coun­cil’s po­si­tion as be­ing op­posed to ex­pand­ing Heathrow Air­port to cre­ate a third run­way and that the author­ity sup­ports the ex­pan­sion of Gatwick Air­port.

The Air­port Com­mis­sion pub­lished its find­ings in July 2015 and recommended that a north­west run­way at Heathrow was the best option.

But the Labour group in Hillingdon Coun­cil pro­posed an amend­ment to the mo­tion, sug­gest­ing

n TIME FOR A DE­CI­SION: Cllr Ray Pud­di­foot and right, Back

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