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Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Night fights to be banned at Heathrow?

Heathrow Airport says it will ban night flights if it's allowed to build a third runway.

It's part of plans designed to reduce the impact of expansion on the local community and the environment.

Last summer, the Airports Commission recommended Heathrow, rather than Gatwick, should be made bigger as long as such measures are brought in.

The government is yet to make a decision.

Rob Gray, Back Heathrow Campaign Director said:

“Today, Heathrow has made a number of seriously impressive commitments which will be welcomed by huge numbers of residents in the local communities surrounding the airport.

There can be no more excuses for dither and delay from the Government because the case for Heathrow expansion is now overwhelming.

It is time for certainty. The Prime Minister must make a decision on behalf of the UK and that means backing a new runway at Heathrow."

Spelthorne Borough Council has welcomed Heathrow’s announcement that it intends to meet, and in many cases exceed, the conditions set out in the Airports Commission’s recommendation for Heathrow expansion.

It has issued this statement.

"With many of the Borough’s residents employed at the airport or in related industries, Spelthorne is been a long-standing supporter of Heathrow.

As part of the consultation led by the Davies Commission, the Council voiced its support for an expanded Heathrow on the proviso that certain environmental conditions be met.

In March this year, the Leaders of Spelthorne and Slough Council wrote an open letter to the Times newspaper reiterating their support for an expanded Heathrow and stressing the economic benefits the airport brings to the boroughs: “We will continue to encourage the airport to do more to reduce its impacts but we support the skills and benefits that Heathrow expansion would bring to our boroughs.”

Speaking after the announcement, Cllr Ian Harvey, Leader of Spelthorne Council, said: “We welcome today’s announcement and believe it offers a good outcome for residents. Heathrow is a key player in the Spelthorne area and contributes so much to the prosperity of the Borough.

The airport represents an important source of employment for local residents and, as such, we want to see it expand in a way that is sympathetic to the environment and the needs of the local community.”

MP for Hayes and Harlington, John McDonnell has also spoken out about the issue.

Lord True, Leader of Richmond Council, has today spoken out against Heathrow and the pledge that they would “ban” night flights, should the airport be expanded.

The airport has revealed the plans as part of a package they claim would reduce the impact of expansion on the local community and the environment.

“Most people would not consider being woken up at 5.15am rather than 4.30 a “ban on night flights,” Lord True said.

"This so-called pledge falls short of what the Davies Commission requests and the Heathrow PR men simply cannot be believed. If they can stop pre-5.30am flights, why don’t they do it now? Rather than spending billions of pounds doing it?

They cannot comply with EU air quality limits and their ‘jam’ promises are worthless. The recent Volkswagen scandal has only highlighted public concern about the issue and if people’s health comes first – big Heathrow is dead in the water.”
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 8:47 am  

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