Spelthorne backs airport expansion
SPELTHORNE is one of 34 councils from across Britain that have signed a letter urging the government to back expansion at Heathrow.
Addressed to former transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin, it states a third runway at the airport would create jobs and boost economic growth during ‘uncertain times’ following Brexit.
The leaders of the 34 councils, including Spelthorne Borough Council’s Ian Harvey, said Britain should be ‘building on the success’ of the aviation industry and ‘future proofing it’.
“Instead, our national hub, Heathrow, has been constrained for a decade and was recently overtaken by Paris as the world’s best connected airport,” the letter reads.
David Cameron had been due to unveil a decision on airport expansion in early July, but the vote to leave the European Union and his subsequent resignation meant that was put on hold until ‘October at the earliest’.
John Holland-Kaye, chief executive of Heathrow, said: “Council leaders from across the country recognise expansion at Heathrow will benefit their local economies by creating skilled jobs and connecting exporters to growing markets overseas. Their support is further evidence that the next Prime Minister has the opportunity to make the right choice in the whole of Britain’s interest by expanding Heathrow.”
The Airports Commission recommended last July the government should approve plans for a new runway at Heathrow rather than Gatwick.