A new poll shows over half of residents in 12 constituencies close to Heathrow support the expansion of the airport, with a third saying they oppose it.
The poll, commissioned by Heathrow Airport, asked 12,004 residents from Spelthorne, Richmond Park, Brentford & Isleworth, Feltham & Heston, Windsor, Ealing North, Ealing Southall, Uxbridge & South Ruislip, Slough, Hayes & Harlington, Beaconsfield and Twickenham questions about their feelings towards Heathrow’s plans and the airport more generally.
57% of residents feel positive about the airport while 34% have a neutral feeling with only 8% saying they have a negative feeling towards it.
The research is the first since the Airports Commission made its recommendation to Government that Heathrow should expand. The Airport say it demonstrates the importance of Heathrow to local residents, those mostly affected by the airport and who have traditionally been perceived as opposing the plans.
John Holland-Kaye, Chief Executive of Heathrow Airport said:
“We have a completely new plan that addresses the Prime Minister’s concerns. The Airports Commission has confirmed that Heathrow expansion will keep Britain at the heart of the global economy, meets environmental targets and balances the needs of local communities. Local people support the plan along with unions, businesses and politicians across the country. Every month of delay costs Britain £1bn so let’s get on with it.“