"Politicians Must Stand Firm On No Third Runway At Heathrow"

Wandsworth MEP welcomes coalition's renewed commitment

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Wandsworth Liberal Democrat MEP Sarah Ludford today welcomed the coalition’s renewed commitment not to build a third runway at Heathrow; a pledge that will help to safeguard and protect the health and well-being of Londoners who presently suffer from the worst air quality in Europe, in addition to excessive levels of noise pollution for those living in and around Heathrow.

Sarah Ludford said: “It’s absolutely vital that politicians stick to the pledge of no third runway at Heathrow to protect Londoners health and improve air quality.”

“London air quality is the worst in Europe. The addition of a third runway at a time when we are failing to meet EU air quality standards would only increase the high levels of dangerous airborne particles in the capital and further harm Londoners’ health.”

“Residents living near to Heathrow are plagued by incessant noise from passing aircraft. This has had a serious impact on their health with many suffering increased stress levels, and seriously disturbed sleep. It is time we started putting people first and taking the fight to clean up the capital’s air more seriously.”

August 31, 2012