Councils keep up anti-R3 campaign

The Leaders of four London and Thames Valley councils have continued their anti-expansion campaign by assusing the government of “failing to come clean” on the impact of Heathrow expansion.

In written evidence to the Transport Select Committee, Hillingdon, Richmond, Wandsworth and Windsor and Maidenhead councils, said the Government’s draft National Policy Statement (NPS) “ignores the fundamental concerns about expanding Heathrow”.

The councils highlight a series of concerns including increase in noise, road access, pollution, health impacts, and traffic levels.

Ravi Govindia, Leader of Wandsworth Council, said: “The Government’s plans for Heathrow will never pass a simple legal test on air quality.

“It’s wrong on every level, legally undeliverable and will end in failure after years of wasted effort.”

Councillor Ray Puddifoot, Leader of Hillingdon Council, said: “An expanded Heathrow would break the law on air quality and pollution and have a disastrous impact on people’s health and wellbeing.

“The current consultation doesn’t reveal the full facts and is frankly a sham, designed to mislead residents into thinking they have a say when they in fact they have anything but.”

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