Hammersmith & Fulham Council is urging residents to speak out about the government’s latest plans to expand Heathrow airport.
The government began a new consultation this week on the impact of a third runway in West London.
“Expanding Heathrow would damage the borough and we don’t support it,” said Cllr Stephen Cowan, Leader of H&F Council. “We commissioned an independent, resident-led review to look at the impact of Heathrow expansion. It found that expansion would cause increased pollution, noise and road traffic.
“It’s important that residents make their voices are heard, so please take part in the consultation.”
Resident-led commission opposes expansion
The council administration asked an independent, resident-led commission to investigate the potential effects of an extra runway at Heathrow.
The commission’s 2015 report found that Heathrow was already Europe’s worst polluting airport and that any expansion would cause unacceptable increases in air pollution, aircraft noise and transport congestion in West London. “The plans to mitigate noise and air quality are highly speculative, and residents’ health would be adversely affected,” wrote the commission’s chair, Christina Smyth.
Cllr Cowan added: “The commission highlighted how many of our residents already have their sleep shattered by aircraft noise and expansion would put extra pressure on our roads and increase air pollution. No amount of mitigation could make this acceptable.”
Share your views
Visit GOV.UK to respond to the consultation.