Wandsworth ‘ready’ for legal challenge on runway plan

Published: Thursday 28th June 18

The leader of Wandsworth Council, Ravi Govindia, has reiterated his opposition to the expansion of Heathrow expansion following the decision of MPs to vote in favour of a third runway.

The leader states the council's position to ITV London

Cllr Govindia said he was committed to continuing to work with others in seeking a judicial review and would continue to fight on behalf of Wandsworth residents who are opposed to the expansion, with the noise and environmental impacts it will bring to the borough.

He said: “Heathrow already makes life intolerable for people of all sides of the airport and Wandsworth Council is not prepared to let down the people affected by this expansion. It will cause immense damage to the environment and people’s health and we are not going to simply stand by and watch an unacceptable rise in noise and air pollution.

“The Government should be reducing noise for our communities affected but instead it is making it worse. More than two million people will be affected by noise from a third runway but they don’t know it yet because the Government has deliberately delayed telling us where the flight paths will be.

“It was only last week that we were finally able to see previously unpublished figures showing that the Government knows that 38 flights could be allowed to land before 5am to make this runway viable. The people whose lives will be affected and whose health will suffer are being kept in the dark.

“I am now committed to working with others to bring this case before the courts. It cannot survive independent, lawful and rational scrutiny.”

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Recent comments

Do we really NEED this expansion? Won't it mainly support a larger airport shopping mall and an increase in leisure flights?
A

31 July 2018

There is enough noise and air pollution in London as it is. An additional runway is short-term thinking that will only damage Londoners' health. I support the Council in opposing this by any legal means necessary.
Nick Simpson

25 July 2018

Please advise by email what is the Council budget for further contesting the development of Heathrow?
Mervyn Saunders

11 July 2018

I support the council - the noise pollution is already abysmal from existing flight path pollution from Heathrow and also London City. This is about the quality of life and sleep for millions of Londoners and beyond. MPs generally supporting this are from constituencies not impacted by the noise pollution - i.e Chris Grayling. There was only one London MP who voted in favour!! A large part of the UK's population is negatively impacted.
JOHN METFIELD

5 July 2018

Well done. Let's fight all the way. We already have too much noise from the ever increasing air traffic to Heathrow. I'm very suspicious why Heathrow was approved? !? Heathrow is not suitable for expansion. There are much better alternatives.
P martin

5 July 2018

Robert Nightingall - it may not be too bad currently in your part of Putney but neither the Government nor Heathrow has made public their plans for new flight paths after expansion. You may not be badly affected by noise or directly overflown now but you might be if the new flight paths are very different from the current ones. This is my main issue with the decision, there was insufficient information given to MPs and local communities to make a properly informed judgement on the negative impacts of expansion (e.g. on health, flight paths, noise, air pollution and costs to the taxpayer), nor is it clear the supposed economic benefits will outweigh them, so the decision should be challenged on this basis and I fully support the Council.
Caroline

3 July 2018

Whilst I acknowledge the environmental impact of a third runway at Heathrow, public money spent on fighting this runway would be better spent on putting in accessible, reasonably price and efficient public transport from Wandsworth to Heathrow. With Brexit, it will be of value to have an airport hub to encourage continued economic development in the greater London area ,which will directly benefit the residents of Wandsworth.
Frederick Kemp

2 July 2018

Spending our Council tax on a legal challenge will only benefit the lawyers, and in any case will ultimately fail. Heathrow needs a third runway which will benefit the country. There is no other viable alternative, as the Davis commission concluded. Aircraft noise in Putney is not atall bad, and aircraft engines are becoming quieter.
Robert Nightingall

2 July 2018

Please keep fighting against a 3rd runway at Heathrow, if the money is not spent on an important matter like this that effects everybody it will be spent on something else any way that is not as important as this!
Julie Younger

1 July 2018

I do not support the Council spending money on any challenge to a third Heathrow runaway. There has already been enough opportunity for this and still the plan has been recommended and then approved by Parliament. Please focus the Council’s scarce time and money into other initiatives that would bring more benefit to the residents of the Council.
Adrian

1 July 2018

This does not feel like a priority for spending Council Tax when budgets are hard pushed. How can the Council justify spending money on government fighting government?
DP

30 June 2018

I am dismayed that Wandsworth Council wish to challenge Heathrow expansion. I sincerely hope that our Council tax is not being used for this purpose. I fully support the expansion of Heathrow as it is the only viable solution to maintain our economic prosperity with the impending departure from the EU which is going to put a brake on the economy of London in particular. Global warming and increased pollution are put forward as spurious arguments by NIMBYs.
Lyra Cross

29 June 2018

The fallacy of the opposition to the third runway is that within 20 years all planes will be approaching and landing on electric power (already under development) and consequently almost silently. The noise argument will become irrelevant. Please remember you are not opposing this key project in my name nor many who live in Wandsworth. We will regret the short term populist approach and look foolish within our lifetimes, particularly as London is sidelined by other more contemporary cities. Please rethink your intransigent position to accomodate future planning.
James LEAHY

29 June 2018

As ever Parliament are managing to fudge things beyond all recognition, want to demolish villages and force more air traffic into what is essentially over-crowded airspace, what's more our health and our safety will be put at risk. I agree that this enormous issue requires a full and in-depth review of the highest level, it is like the people of London are being ignored as "not being able to decide" or "be trusted" on a complex matter.
Simon Kimber

29 June 2018

I agree wholeheartedly. We do not and should not have a 3rd runway at Heathrow. PLEASE keep the pressure on. There are other options....
Antoinette Traylen

29 June 2018

I am so glad Wandsworth council is fighting this. It's an unacceptable decision by the government and completely contrary to their commitments on air pollution, CO2 reduction and noise pollution. They have already lost court cases over their complete inability to tackle air pollution and its health hazards. Well done Wandsworth!
Jane Asten

29 June 2018

More flights, more global warming. Doubtful short term economic advantage against the future of the world. It is not only the aeroplanes but also all the traffic to the airport. Certainly fight this battle - perhaps if delayed long enough there may be less damaging means of travel in time.
Hilary Temple

29 June 2018

we should simultaneously campaign for our preferred alternative....so it will be in public's mind as court case starts...eg Gatwick
Fiona Cunningham-Reid

29 June 2018

Please do not spend council tax income on a legal challenge to the belated good decision to build a third runway at Heathrow.
Peter Walker

29 June 2018

When it should or should not be built is something we will have an opportunity to vote on. I’m not happy that the Council think it is acceptable to spend the rate payers money in this way. There are local services which need the money. If you are against the plan contribute yourself to scheme like NO 3rd Runway Coalition. Many people are in agreement with the scheme it not for the council who are looking for votes to spend the money in this way.
Richard

29 June 2018

Thank you for speaking up for not only Wandsworth but the residents in south-west London who will be affected. How one could even contemplate more traffic around Heathrow, when it is almost at a standstill most of the time, beggars belief. I have had to move indoors in Battersea, when if it were not planes, then helicopters making outdoor life acoustically unbearable. An estuary airport or an expanded Gatwick is the obvious choice. A high speed Crossrail link to Heathrow is almost on the door of an estuary alternative, and one could always provide a better rail service between Heathrow and Gatwick. Wherever an airport is expanded will provide more jobs.
Andrew Pearson-Gee

29 June 2018

i personally highly recommend if we want uk to grow we must expand also we must see that having bigger airport means lots of jobs opportunity we cant be left at a side of the world so must expand either heath row or heath row b , i see it different way
aneesur anas

29 June 2018

Absolutely right. Do whatever needs to be done to stop this environmental vandalism. Business hub? 70% is leisure! No, this is all about making money for interested parties & to hell with everyone & everything else; frankly it's a scandal, it makes the government, appear at best, duplicitous.
James Marsh

29 June 2018

London is so very congested and polluted already, surely there is somewhere else on this little island that the runway could be better constructed - especially given all the money we are investing in high speed north-south train links? I very much support Wandsworth Council in their appeal against this decision.
AS

29 June 2018

The noise in wandsorth is so minimal, why are we wasting our time on this Ravi. The Economic benefits are massive. Also remember, the people who live near the airport may well have they employment there and lots of jobs will be created building it.
Simon

29 June 2018

I agree, consider it is not just the airport and noise of the extra flights, congestion to and from, travel, pollution, increase in people (especially children) with breathing issues, loss of wildlife and disrupted sleep, it is a much bigger issue than adding some flights to stay competitive. We have other airports for the south west /London that could be utilised a little more. If you look at the stats we out perform the other countries even Schipol which has 6 runways but cant get flights off the ground quicker due to taxi time. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_the_busiest_airports_in_Europe Its a nonsense, the jobs that are created are always low paid and like adding lanes to a motorway, its not more efficient.
fiona

29 June 2018

Having suffered health issues myself I am very aware of the dangers that pollution causes serious health problems. We need to make our air cleaner. Another runway at Heathrow will add to air pollution and noise pollution. Not everyone can afford to move house.
Abigail Ropner

29 June 2018

Why is the council wasting taxpayer's money on an appeal? We desperately need to improve our links to the rest of the world. Like it or not, it has been approved in parliament. Or don't we live in a democracy anymore?
W

29 June 2018

Reposting my comment from other story. The Government has not given anywhere near enough assurance that the effect on local communities will be properly mitigated, or that it actually cares. Nor has it given local communities (or MPs) enough information, especially on flight paths, noise and pollution, to make a properly informed judgement about this expansion. It will be unnecessarily disruptive, expensive and it is not clear that the economic gains outweigh the many, many issues with the scheme (not just amongst local communities). So please fight it, and to those who say it is a waste of taxpayers' money, it will not be if it safeguards local residents' future quality of life and health. I am happy for my Council Tax to be used this way.
Caroline

29 June 2018

Please look at the bigger - non nimby - picture, this country needs a major international airport. Either we expand Heathrow or build a brand new greenfield site. Either way locals will be up in arms but it’s th3 right answer if UK ltd is going to remain a serious player in th3 world.
Jonathan Gill

29 June 2018