One man’s progress is an­other’s loss

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

IN re­sponse to the three pro third run­way let­ters you pub­lished in last week’s Gazette. I feel the let­ters pub­lished last week about the coun­cils’ spend­ing on le­gal ac­tion against a third run­way need to be put into prospec­tive, for one the coun­cil must rep­re­sent all of its res­i­dents and those of us in the south of the bor­ough which suf­fer far more due to its “neigh­bour” Heathrow air­port are grate­ful of the sup­port from the coun­cil. The £204,219 spent in the last 20 months would equate to £2.55 per month per house­hold if it was just di­vided by the 4,000 homes in the Heathrow vil­lages that face de­mo­li­tion or ren­der­ing un­in­hab­it­able alone. If di­vided by all the homes in Hilling­don the amount would be less than a penny, con­sid­er­ing the south of the bor­ough has been ne­glected of ser­vice in­vest­ment due to years of blight it’s a small price to pay.

We are of­ten told to ac­cept our fate in the vil­lages as it is ‘progress’. Heathrow an­nounced at a staff event last week that 2.4mil­lion seats were un­sold in 2016, if an av­er­age air­craft held 300 pas­sen­gers that’s 8,000 flights a year. If the air­lines or­gan­ised sched­ules more ef­fi­ciently they could sell back slots they do not need and Heathrow could open up new slots to emerg­ing coun­tries that re­quire routes, thus pro­duc­ing the new jobs men­tioned with­out the need for a new run­way and the de­struc­tion of com­mu­ni­ties – now that would be progress!

J CLARK

Sip­son Res­i­dent

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