Councils and Mayor call on May to pick Gatwick

Hammersmith & Fulham, Hillingdon and Wandsworth Councils have signed a letter to Theresa May supporting a new runway at Gatwick Airport, and asking her to abandon proposals to expand Heathrow, as Sadiq Khan does the same.

In a joint letter to the Prime Minister, H&F, Hillingdon and Wandsworth were joined by Croydon, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Richmond, and Southwark aiming to highlight a “broad and growing consensus behind Gatwick expansion”.

Cllr Stephen Cowan, leader of Hammersmith & Fulham Council said: “Over the past 20 years we have witnessed a succession of failed attempts to increase capacity at Heathrow.

“Whatever paltry concessions Heathrow is offering don’t come close to addressing the impact of the third runway. The massive increase in flights over the borough every day would deliver huge misery to residents.”

The council say Heathrow’s location makes it impossible to expand without causing unacceptable increases in air pollution, aircraft noise and transport congestion.

Cllr Cowan continued: “We’ve heard plenty of promises from Heathrow over the years. But what we need is a radical new plan to address aviation, traffic and air quality issues in West London and beyond. Backing a new second runway at Gatwick is part of this plan.”

Meanwhile, the Mayor of London has also called on the Prime Minister to make a swift decision on airport expansion in the South East, and to agree in favour of a second runway at Gatwick Airport.

Sadiq wrote: “London’s economy needs additional aviation capacity in order to stay competitive with other major global cities and an early decision from you would show to the world that we are open for business.

“Gatwick is the most viable option presented by the Airports Commission. A second runway at Gatwick will bring substantial economic benefits to London and the UK in terms of jobs, growth and investment, without the significant environmental cost to Londoners of expanding Heathrow.”

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