Spelthorne set to back R3

Spelthorne Council looks set to back expansion at Heathrow Airport, as it is set to confirm their position at their next cabinet meeting.

The Council is expected to reiterate its support, in principle, for Heathrow expansion because of the potential economic benefits and opportunities it is likely to bring to the local area.

However the Council is also likely to make clear that its support is dependent on Heathrow Airport making sure that any scheme mitigates against impacts on noise, traffic, air quality, the wider environment, infrastructure and local road networks.

In particular they want some more consideration of the effect on the villages of Stanwell Moor and Stanwell.

Spelthorne are set to issue a list of ten requests, reproduced in full below:

  • The Wider Property Offer Zone (WPOZ) to be expanded to cover the whole of Stanwell Moor and large parts of Stanwell
  • Parking controls to be put in place in Stanwell Moor and large parts of Stanwell and provide an on-airport taxi/private hire facility
  • Heathrow to provide an enhanced multi-purpose community hall for Stanwell Moor and Stanwell Village and a new leisure facility in the locality
  • No Immigration Removal Centres in the borough
  • Surface access/public transport measures including to support the light rail scheme being promoted by Spelthorne, new bus routes into Heathrow, support for Spelthorne to be included in Oyster Card zone 6, provide means to minimise vehicle movements, Heathrow to ensure site and traffic management during construction and cover the cost of any enforcement
  • Air quality must be no worse for residents than it is now but there should be measures to ensure continuous improvement
  • Noise experienced by residents must be no worse than it is now but there should be measures to ensure continuous improvement
  • No changes to the borough boundary
  • Night flights should be banned. Spelthorne supports reducing the number of people overflown by aircraft but more information is needed about what this means for residents
  • Staines Moor should remain undisturbed. Work to redirect the River Colne must not alter the flow or character of the river on the moor

Cllr Ian Harvey, Leader of Spelthorne Borough Council, said: “Whilst we support Heathrow expansion in principle, Spelthorne’s primary aim must always be to secure the best possible outcomes for our residents and businesses, in particular those most directly affected in the Stanwell Moor and Stanwell communities. Residents need reassurance that (Heathrow) will fully meet any pledges made to minimise the impacts of whatever scheme is taken forward, and to know that they are going to be properly compensated”.

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