Residents have another chance to tell the Government their thoughts on proposals for a third runway at Heathrow. A new consultation has been launched and runs until 19 December 2017.
Earlier this year, the Department for Transport held a public consultation on its plans for expansion at Heathrow Airport. However, crucial information on passenger forecasts has since been published, so residents are being given another chance to have their say, taking this new information into account.
“We remain firmly opposed to plans for a third runway at Heathrow,” said Cllr Wesley Harcourt, H&F Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport and Residents’ Services.
“Our resident-led Commission on Aircraft Expansion investigated the third runway proposals and concluded, in its 2015 report, that they would have harmful effects on local noise and air quality and increase local congestion.
“I am pleased residents are being given the chance to review this important new information and make informed views on how a third runway would affect their lives.”
Protest in Ravenscourt Park
The same week as the revised consultation was launched, also marked one year since the Government agreed expansion at Heathrow was its preferred choice.
In recognition of this anniversary and the 700 extra daily flights a new runway would bring, 700 cardboard aeroplanes were planted at sites along the proposed new flightpaths by local protesters.
In Ravenscourt Park, members of protest group h&f No Third Runway made their stand.
“There is deep and heartfelt opposition to any further expansion of Heathrow,” said Victoria Timberlake, the group’s co-Chair.
“Seven hundred extra flights each day can only bring more misery to the hundreds of thousands of Londoners living under current flightpaths, as well as new misery to communities overflown for the first time.”
In addition to the passenger forecast information, the new consultation presents new evidence on a wide range of key impacts, including new forecasts of noise, CO2 emissions, air pollution and the impacts of expansion on other UK airports.
The revised consultation runs until 19 December 2017. The government will publish its response to both consultations after this period of further consultation.
For more information on the consultation phone 0300 123 4797 or visit www.gov.uk/dft/heathrow-airport-expansion.
H&F Commission on Airport Expansion
In November 2014 H&F Council set-up the resident-led Hammersmith & Fulham Commission on Airport Expansion (HFCAE), chaired by local resident, Christina Smyth.
The commission was asked to look at the local impact of airport expansion and heard evidence from local residents and businesses, before submitting a report with its recommendations to the UK Airports Commission.
The report concluded that negative effects on the borough from expansion would outweigh the positive benefits.