Hounslow Council have told the Airports Commission that they want to see Heathrow stay open.
Leader of Hounslow Council, Cllr Steve Curran spoke at a Public Discussion event on the options for airport expansion hosted by the Airports Commission.
He called for the Airport to add to its compensation package of £550 million across 14 local authorities for noise insulation.
Cllr Curran told the Airports Commission that while Hounslow Council was happy with the airport’s recent public commitment to the completion of their existing schools’ insulation programme by summer 2015, he would continue to seek further improvements to benefit schools and local communities.Cllr Curran also called for Heathrow to support the creation of anAviation Skills Academy.
He said: “Hounslow doesn’t want to see Heathrow close but the airport could do more. Heathrow employs tens of thousands of people in the local area. Losing it would be catastrophic to the local economy.
“We want Heathrow to work with us to up-skill our workforce and create an Aviation Skills Academy which would help ensure Hounslow residents have the opportunity to become the engineers, air traffic controllers and pilots of the future.”
Cllr Curran also called for substantial improvements to the public transport network servicing the airports, in particular the Piccadilly Line.