Stand up against Heathrow – have your say

Published: Thursday 16th November 17

Residents have just five weeks left to let the Government know that expanding Heathrow should be off the table for good in the latest consultation on the future of the airport.

Last month the Government was forced to launch a consultation for a second time on its proposed ‘National Policy Statement’ (NPS) for airports. This followed complaints from councils that they had withheld important new information back from the public.

Now, thanks the lobbying and legal efforts from four local councils, the latest consultation finally includes information on long-term aviation forecasts and the new national air quality plan – both missing from the original consultation. In addition, for the first time, the Government has been forced to admit that expanding Gatwick airport makes financial and environmental sense.

Hillingdon, Richmond, Wandsworth and Windsor and Maidenhead councils have been campaigning against Heathrow expansion for more than a decade. They argue that expanding the airport will have a major impact on West London. The expansion will cause irreconcilable damage to the environment and people’s health. It will cost tax payers as much as £20bn.

Residents are encouraged to go online and have their say, even if they took part in the consultation earlier this year. The deadline for feedback is the 19 December 2017.

Cllr Ravi Govindia, Leader of Wandsworth Council, said:

We have been very clear from day one about our objection to this expansion. The facts speak for themselves and aren’t going to change – the people of Wandsworth are not prepared to stand idly by and allow a scheme to take place that is going to have such a serious impact on the environment of our borough and the health of our residents.

“It is clear that expansion at Gatwick would cause less damage than Heathrow and it’s now time for all of us to have our say through this latest round of consultation, and ensure that the message goes out in no uncertain terms that Wandsworth is firmly against these proposals.”

Cllr Paul Hodgins, Leader of Richmond Council, said:

“As we said at the time, the Government’s left out key information in their first consultation that sheds new light on whether expanding Heathrow is the best option. So, they have to re-open the consultation.

“This time around they have been forced to admit – there is evidence which confirms that an extra runway at Gatwick provides greater economic benefit and less damage to health and the environment.  This isn’t just about residents under the flight path. Why should people around the country pay higher prices to a near monopoly, which would also require more public investment that should be used elsewhere? This is all about having a single trophy airport, instead of a network of airports that brings greater benefit."

Cllr Ray Puddifoot, Leader of Hillingdon Council, added:

As we have said from the very beginning, Gatwick is a more sustainable option and one which can be delivered at a much reduced cost to the taxpayer, with far less damage to the environment and wellbeing of people. 

“The previous consultation was a sham, and the government has finally admitted that expansion at Gatwick would be more economically beneficial. A third runway at Heathrow would be disastrous for Londoners, and I’d encourage all residents to have their say in the latest consultation now.”

Cllr Simon Dudley, Leader of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, said:

We have always said we believe Gatwick is the best place for airport expansion in the south east and this has been confirmed in the re-opened consultation.

“Not only would a third runway at Heathrow blight our residents’ lives but it is clearly not the best option on the table.

“I would encourage residents to once again make their voices heard during this extended round of consultation.”

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Recent comments

How anyone can seriously consider expanding an airport where the flight paths in and out of this airport pass over millions of people at low level is beyond belief. This decision is not just about an 'investment appraisal' but also about what economists call 'externalities', ie the hidden costs in terms of noise, air pollution and congestion seriously affecting quality of life. I note that one comment states that noise and air pollution can be 'mitigated'. Really? How? The only mitigation and no brainer is a Gatwick expansion, or a complete 'step change', new solution such as the Boris island...
Alastair Malloch

1 December 2017

More Wandsworth propaganda! Govindia and co should hang there heads in shame and stop pandering to the moaning minnies.
John Tidy

28 November 2017

I totally disagree with the expansion of Heathrow Airport - the noise early morning with the number of planes flying over my property plus we are trying to create a greener environment. There is enough pollution in London we don't need more.
Nicola Walter

20 November 2017

I am totally against the expansion to Heathrow airport, the air is bad enough as it is we do not want more fumes and noise, bad for the environment and our health and those who are being born. There's enough air traffic allready we don't want any more of it above us.
Julie Younger

18 November 2017

Gatwick the better option. Heathrow expansion hugely damaging to west london residents from noise and polution. Also extra traffic. Fewer. Residential areas affected by gatwick.
Elizabeth Sidley

18 November 2017

Completely close Heathrow. Massively expand Gatwick to four runways. Very little population to NE and SW of Gatwick along typical flight paths. Pity about the lovely countryside though.

17 November 2017

We have too many planes coming over Wandsworth already. Heathrow expansion would mean more and make life intolerable. It would appear to me that Heathrow are very lax about changing their flight paths. The planes seemed to come over my house non stop during the summer months. Gatwick must be the answer.
Tim Le Blanc-Smith

17 November 2017

I am strongly opposed to a third runway being built at Heathrow.
Vanessa Hopkins

17 November 2017

The Heathrow aeroplane noise over Battersea is horrendous. It is impossible to sit outside because of the shattering aeroplane noise that crashes over us every minute, all day. Am sure the decibel readings are illegal. A third runway will only make things even more unbearable. How can a First World city have a flight path that crosses the entire metropolis into one of the busiest airports in the world? Paris and Hong Kong fixed their problem. Why can't London? Then there is the awful pollution...
Robert Coucher

17 November 2017

The council should not stand in the way of an expansion that should have happened 20+ years ago. Due to the delay in the expansion the UK lost out to Dubai in becoming the air cargo hub in the world resulting in lost jobs and growth opportunities for the entire nation. Due to constant nimbyism the UK have failed to keep our infrastructure and systems up to date which has lead to our current woeful productivity levels as a nation. Everything is a great idea until its near you, then suddenly its "not in my neighbourhood". Noise and air pollution are a concern but these risks could have been mitigated.
Ian Elliot

17 November 2017

Britain desperately needs a state-of-the-art hub airport. If we don't have the ability to build a completely new airport, then Heathrow must be expanded without and further delay. Get real!
jonathan Gill

17 November 2017