Lon­don Mayor joins fight against a third run­way

Sadiq Khan backs le­gal ac­tion against Heathrow ex­pan­sion

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Amita Joshi amita.joshi@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

SADIQ Khan has said he will step in and sup­port le­gal ac­tion taken against the Heathrow third run­way de­ci­sion.

In an an­nounce­ment made dur­ing Mayor’s Ques­tion Time in City Hall on Wed­nes­day Novem­ber 16, the Labour mayor said he “will fully sup­port” bor­oughs such as Hilling­don and Richmond as they fight against the govern­ment’s ex­pan­sion choice .

Ad­dress­ing the full Lon­don As­sem­bly, he said: “I promised I wouldn’t just stand by and see hun­dreds of thou­sands suf­fer from the ad­di­tional noise and air pol­lu­tion a third run­way would cause.

“That’s why I’ve di­rected Trans­port for Lon­don (TfL) to pro­vide their ex­pert ad­vice and as­sis­tance to sup­port Hilling­don, Richmond, Wandsworth and Wind­sor and Maiden­head coun­cils, and Green­peace, as they pre­pare for a joint le­gal chal­lenge, and why I will be ready for us to play an ac­tive role in the ac­tion if re­quired.”

Green­peace has al­ready joined forces with Hilling­don Coun­cil to take le­gal ac­tion against the pro­pos­als.

In the pre­vi­ous Mayor’s Ques­tion Time, Mr Khan said he was not able to an­swer the ques­tion on le­gal ac­tion un­til the de­ci­sion had been made, but the of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment was met with de­light from many as­sem­bly mem­bers.

A Heathrow Air­port spokesman said: “The Air­ports Com­mis­sion’s de­tailed work rep­re­sents a solid foun­da­tion to sup­port a govern­ment de­ci­sion for the third run­way and we are con­fi­dent that any le­gal chal­lenge would be un­suc­cess­ful and would not af­fect the time­line for de­liv­er­ing a third run­way.

“We want to work with the mayor to en­sure that Heathrow ex­pan­sion helps Lon­don thrive as a global hub for tal­ent, tourism and trade.”

It has been pro­posed a third run­way could be built over the M25.

Trans­port Sec­re­tary Chris Grayling pre­vi­ously said it would be a “cheaper and quicker” op­tion rather than build­ing a tun­nel for the M25 un­der­neath the new run­way.

OB­JEC­TION: Mayor Sadiq Khan talks about his op­po­si­tion to ex­pand­ing the air­port Leon Neal/Getty Im­ages

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