Ealing Council seem to have shifted their political language on Heathrow, moving from outright opposition to expansion to seeking further information from the Government.
At a full council meeting, councillors passed a motion which noted the Davies Commission report, and that “16800 jobs in the borough depend on the airport”. It called upon the Government to make a rapid decision, saying that “the worst possible outcome for local residents and businesses is delay and uncertainty”.
An opposition amendment reaffirming opposition to Heathrow expansion was rejected, shifting the language from opposing expansion to acknowledging that it may happen, and seeking to get the best deal for Ealing residents – the motion says “The council further notes that the decision on airport expansion will lie solely with the Conservative Government”, and that the council “will continue to work to get the best possible deal for local residents tackling noise and pollution whilst securing jobs and economic growth”.
Leader Julian Bell also told Getwestlondon that they were opposed to the Mayor of London’s plans to close Heathrow altogether.