Hillingdon rails against R3

Hillingdon Council has approved its response to the Davies Commission, saying it details “serious flaws in proposals to build a third runway at Heathrow Airport”.

The response included a specially commissioned report on the impact of Heathrow expansion on the health and quality of life of people living nearby.

Cllr Ray Puddifoot, Leader of Hillingdon Council, said: “Despite spending considerable time and resources on publicity demonstrating the benefits of building a third runway, Heathrow Airport’s proposals are full of hollow promises and gaping holes, lacking any realistic assessment of the impact Heathrow expansion would have on our community.

“It beggars belief that increased noise levels, heightened flood risk, public transport pressures, reduction of air quality, not to mention the trauma of uprooting families who have lived locally for decades, are being glossed over by Heathrow. We are also concerned that the so-called economic benefits of expanding this airport do not stand up to closer scrutiny and ultimately would not benefit Hillingdon residents.”

Heathrow have issued reports suggesting that expanding the airport would proiduce significant economic benefit for people living in West London.

Heathrow have also released a survey recently suggesting local public opinion is behind expansion, something which Cllr Puddifoot clearly does not agree with. He said: “The recent activities of Heathrow and its PR machine have demonstrated that neither they nor their incredibly dubious survey results can be believed or taken seriously. Our detailed response to the Airport Commission’s consultation lays bare these vitally important concerns, which demand to be taken seriously.”

Hillingdon Council are yet to publish their response on their website.

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