Councils and MPs unite in opposition to airport expansion
believe that BAA�s announcement this week is a let-down for
local residents after the company�s previous plans ruled out
a further runway
authorities and elected representatives are stepping up their
opposition to plans for a third runway at Heathrow after airports
operator BAA launched its own campaign to win government backing
for expansion on the site.
will decide later this year whether to give the go ahead to
a third runway at Heathrow. The Government's latest consultation
on runway proposals for the South East, which now includes
Gatwick, ends on June 30.
likely to be in the forefront of efforts to resist expansion
at Heathrow include Wandsworth Hillingdon, Hounslow and Richmond.
Cllr Edward Lister leader of Wandsworth Council said that
they would continue to work with other councils to present
the environmental arguments in the clearest possible way:"The
industry wants what's good for the industry. It's our job
as local authorities to speak up for our residents whose quality
of life is at risk."
Keen MP for Feltham and Heston said "Runway 3 is a step
too far. I�ve said it before and I�ll say it again, another
runway at Heathrow should not happen. The majority of local
residents will regard this announcement as a slap in the face."
said he had considered himself a friend of BAA in the past
but this latest moved stretched the relationship to the limit
and that his constituents should be given priority over "economics,
flight schedules and what seems to be an expansion wish list."
Keen (pictured left) added "I will be making my voice
heard and those of my constituents against any runway three.
The economic benefits do not and should not outweigh the environmental
concerns and the quality of life of local residents.�
Keen together with Friends of the Earth, Hacan and the No
3rd Runway Group will join with local residents in opposition
against proposals for a third runway at Heathrow on Saturday
7th June 2003 at 11.30.
Walk is being organised by Friends of the Earth, HACAN and
the No 3rd Runway Group, marking the route of the runway,
starting at Harlington 11.30 AM. (To time with the consultation
period which ends 30th June) The Walk is approx 2 miles and
will end in Harmondsworth about 1.30 pm with a Rally. The
village pubs (which woud be under the runway) are organising
refreshment along the route, with barbeques at the end.
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