Cost of fight­ing Heathrow de­ci­sion

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

I am deeply dis­turbed to hear that our lo­cal coun­cil has de­cided to op­pose the ex­pan­sion of Heathrow by fund­ing a ju­di­cial re­view against the govern­ment’s en­dorse­ment of a new run­way. This will waste £50,000 of tax­payer money in ad­di­tion to the £150,000 al­ready spent op­pos­ing Heathrow ex­pan­sion since Jan­uary 2015. This money would have been far bet­ter spent on pub­lic ser­vices.

The coun­cil should in­stead sup­port the con­tin­ued growth of Heathrow Air­port, which is a ma­jor con­trib­u­tor to the pros­per­ity of our lo­cal econ­omy. If Heathrow is able to build ex­tra run­way ca­pac­ity and of­fer new flights to emerg­ing mar­kets, this will pro­tect ex­ist­ing jobs and cre­ate 40,000 new jobs and 10,000 ap­pren­tice­ships from the bor­oughs im­me­di­ately sur­round­ing the air­port. Many of these jobs will ben­e­fit the bor­ough of Hilling­don, and there is clear ma­jor­ity sup­port for Heathrow ex­pan­sion amongst res­i­dents of Uxbridge and South Ruis­lip. RON­ALD MACKAY Squir­rels Close Uxbridge,

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