Councils back Heathrow

The Leaders of Slough Borough Council and Spelthorne Borough Council have written a letter to The Times to express their support for a third runway at Heathrow.

The joint letter, from Councillor Rob Anderson, Leader, Slough Borough Council and Councillor Ian Harvey, Leader, Spelthorne Borough Council, is in response to reports that some councils are preparing to sue over an extra Heathrow runway, and aim to show that not all councils local to the airport oppose its expansion.

They say that the the plans that Heathrow are now proposing are radically different to those rejected by the Prime Minister in 2010.

The letter says: “We are the leaders of councils representing tens of thousands of residents who live next to Heathrow, many of whom, as in other surrounding boroughs, are reliant on the proximity to the airport for work. We will continue to encourage the airport to do more to reduce its impacts but we support the skills, employment and community benefits that Heathrow expansion would bring to our boroughs”.

Earlier, Hillingdon , Richmond, Wandsworth, and Windsor and Maidenhead Councils announced they had jointly appointed Harrison Grant Solicitors – who helped turn the previous R3 approval around. The lawyers have written to the prime minister on the councils’ behalf saying that environmental issues would make government backing for expansion at Heathrow unlawful.

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