Heathrow pays its way in bor­ough

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

HEATHROW is the UK’s largest port, han­dling over a quar­ter of Bri­tish ex­ports, so it was no sur­prise that Heathrow’s cargo vol­umes rose six per cent last month.

Heathrow’s suc­cess means that it will con­tinue to pay the high­est rate tax bill of any busi­ness in Eng­land and Wales by con­tribut­ing £118 mil­lion next year, one third of which will be used by Hilling­don Coun­cil to fund im­por­tant pub­lic ser­vices.

The irony of £40 mil­lion from Heathrow be­ing spent each year in the con­stituen­cies of Boris John­son and John McDon­nell has not been lost on Hilling­don tax­pay­ers. Sadly, Hilling­don Coun­cil ap­pears happy to take the money with one hand whilst splash­ing out on ex­pen­sive lawyers to fight the very same air­port with the other. ROB GRAY Direc­tor, Back Heathrow Chiswick

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