Re­port con­demns Heathrow plan­ning

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

LONG queues at the UK’S busiest air­port have been caused by a lack of ef­fec­tive plan­ning amid job cuts, with bor­der staff sign­ing off at the start of busy pe­ri­ods, in­spec­tors said to­day. Limited re­sources are not be­ing matched to the de­mand at London’s Heathrow Air­port, dam­ag­ing the abil­ity of bor­der staff to main­tain ef­fec­tive and ef­fi­cient con­trols, the chief in­spec­tor of borders and im­mi­gra­tion John Vine said. The in­tro­duc­tion of a se­ries of sig­nif­i­cant changes “was sim­ply far too much or­gan­i­sa­tional change dur­ing the busiest time of the year”, in­spec­tors warned. The re­port comes as Heathrow faces an­other shake-up as Home Sec­re­tary­theresa May re­sponds to the row over queues which have seen pas­sen­gers from out­side the EU wait­ing up to three hours.

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