Spelthorne backs air­port ex­pan­sion

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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.

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