The Leader of Hillingdon Council, Cllr Ray Puddifoot, issued an open challenge to those behind the “Stop Northolt” campaign to “stop hiding and declare both themselves and their specific interest” in campaignig against the xpansion of the military airfield.
Cllr Puddifoot said: “We defend our residents against inappropriate developments such as HS2 and the Heathrow expansion plans, and believe me if there was any truth at all in the scaremongering rumours about expanding Northolt Airport, being put about by an unidentifiable but well funded group … we would be leading the fight against that.” He also said they would, in those circumstances, be funding groups running the campaign against the proposals “as we have done with both HS2 and the Heathrow project”.
Cllr Puddifoot continued: “In fact, in the interests of openness and honesty, we need to put out a challenge to those funding and running the Stop Northolt Campaign, to either “put up or shut up”. By the end of this month I would ask them to send to me the names and addresses of all involved in managing the campaign and a list of all expenditure incurred to date, with details of who is providing the funding and the amounts provided to date.”
The Stop Northolt campaign says it is working against “secret plans” to increase commercial flights at the airport from the current ceiling of 12000 a year to 50000 a year.