The council believes the extra noise would cause ‘untold misery’ for Ealing residents, and at a meeting of the full council on Tuesday 16 October councillors agreed to oppose any plans to revive the expansion of Heathrow.
Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for environment and transport said: “A third runway would heap misery from the skies, pouring noise and pollution on to west London.
“New flight paths would pass directly over Ealing, with some areas facing disruption for the first time and long suffering areas facing even more planes flying over their homes for longer periods.
“We want a better, not bigger Heathrow. The truth is that the third runway would not deliver the extra airport capacity needed – to do so we would have to have two more runways”.
LB Ealing say that, last year, London had air pollution above the permitted levels on 19 days more than allowed. The council is concerned that the further expansion of Heathrow would make pollution levels even worse and would harm residents’ health.
Heathrow is responsible for around one in five jobs in West London, business leaders suggest that any decision that weakens Heathrow, such as stopping its expansion, or running it down in favour of a Thames Estuary airport, would have disastrous consequences for the West London economy, producing large scale unemployment and plummeting property values.
They say that the health consequences of not allowing Heathrow to expand – caused by deprivation and unemployment – could be significantly worse than those that Ealing Council fears, and that advances in aviation and fuel technology will in any case reduce the impact over time.
Gatwick Airport has now said it intends to propose to the Davies Commission that it be allowed to add a runway, a move which has been reported to be likely to move around 20% of Heathrow’s jobs to Crawley.
Heathrow Airport has also paused work on the £2bn terminal 2 project amid the uncertainty over the future.
The issues around Heathrow will be discussed at Place West London, where Lord Clive Soley of Future Heathrow, Boris Johnson’s aviation adviser Daniel Moylan, and 2M Group leader Cllr Ravi Govindia will all be speaking. Around 300 people from public and private sector will be attending – you can join them – book now!
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