Local council leaders from around the UK – including the leader of Harrow Council – have signed a letter to the Secretary of State for Transport urging the Government to decide to expand Heathrow.
The Leaders of 34 councils, including Oxfordshire, Newcastle, Neath Port Talbot and Glasgow as well as Harrow, have signed the letter saying that in these uncertain economic times following the vote to leave the EU, investment in infrastructure is even more important to support growth across the country. They say a ‘green light’ for expansion at Heathrow would create skilled jobs and provide an economic boost to their local economy. They say that Heathrow as the national hub should be able to build on the success of Britain’s network of airports, helping to connect local exporters to growing markets overseas.
Chief Executive of Heathrow, John Holland-Kaye, said: “Council leaders from across the country recognise expansion at Heathrow will benefit their local economies by creating skilled jobs and connecting exporters to growing markets overseas. Their support is further evidence that the next Prime Minister has the opportunity to make the right choice in the whole of Britain’s interest by expanding Heathrow.”
Harrow’s leader is the first in West London to publicly back expansion.