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Says jobs would be lost at air­port

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that coun­cil­lors con­tin­ued to op­pose Heathrow but did not sup­port Gatwick’s ex­pan­sion.

The amend­ment was pro­posed by the coun­cil­lor for Heathrow Vil­lages, Peter Money.

He said: “I would like to move an amend­ment to this mo­tion as it rep­re­sents a de­par­ture from the coun­cil’s view in the past.

“We in the lo­cal Labour Party have al­ways been against a third run­way.

“This coun­cil should not tar­get other com­mu­ni­ties by sup­port­ing other air­ports for ex­pan­sion.

“We should in­stead be con­cen­trat­ing on the threat of the third run­way.”

Cllr Pud­di­foot call the amend­ment a ‘cop out.’

He said: “The Govern­ment will make a de­ci­sion on ei­ther Heathrow or Gatwick for ex­pan­sion. That is the clear choice. What the Con­ser­va­tive ad­min­is­tra­tion in Hillingdon will say is of those two, Gatwick is the less dam­ag­ing option.”

Cllr Pud­di­foot said 1,072 homes would need to be de­mol­ished if Heathrow was ex­panded, com­pared with 202 for Gatwick.

He also said 431 hectares of green belt land would be lost with Heathrow’s third run­way, com­pared with 9.2 at Gatwick.

But the pro-third run­way cam­paign group, Back Heathrow, has hit back at the coun­cil’s vote. The group’s di­rec­tor, Rob Gray, said: “Hillingdon Coun­cil claims to be putting residents first but it is slap­ping them in the face by propos­ing to ex­port lo­cal jobs to Sussex.

“The coun­cil is happy to boast of Hillingdon’s role as the gate­way to the world but then cam­paigns to keep it shut.

“They are out of touch with the views of many residents who sup­port Heathrow and ap­pre­ci­ate the amount of in­vest­ment, ap­pren­tice­ships, jobs and other ben­e­fits that its ex­pan­sion will bring to the lo­cal com­mu­nity.”

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