Airports Commission failed to understand barriers to Heathrow expansion

Published: 1 July 2015

Leader of Wandsworth Council Ravi Govindia has expressed his disappointment at the Airport Commission’s final report.

Cllr Ravi Govindia, Leader of Wandsworth Council, said:

"This commission has cost taxpayers more than £20million but has failed to understand the legal, political and environmental barriers that ensure Heathrow expansion will never happen.

“A third runway would inevitably push Heathrow’s world leading noise and pollution impacts to new highs and severely damage the quality of life across the UK’s most densely populated region. The environmental controls Davies suggests are inadequate, untested and in some cases undeliverable. They would inevitably be watered down and fail to protect millions of people from severe blight. Already Heathrow's leadership has  refused to endorse them.

“Of course Londoners want to see night flights abolished but not in exchange for new flight paths across our city and thousands more planes flying over our homes every day. If the Commission really thinks this is an acceptable solution it shows how wilfully blind it is to the true impacts of this airport.  

"Expecting passengers to pay a new noise levy is another major disappointment which would push up ticket prices and penalise the travelling public. This cost should clearly be met by the industry."