Release Date: 02/02/2017
Lord True has today slammed the Government for their ‘flawed’ consultation on the future of Heathrow Airport.
Last year, the Government opted to expand Heathrow rather than Gatwick - six years after the coalition government scrapped the idea.
Over the past 14 years, Richmond, Hillingdon and Wandsworth councils have said that the legal, political and environmental barriers to expansion are insurmountable and that the only real airport suitable for any expansion is Gatwick.
Heathrow expansion would result in 50% more extra low flying aircraft over London and the Home Counties each year, and the creation of new flightpaths over densely populated areas.
The consultation will run for approximately 16 weeks.
Lord True has slammed the consultation, claiming it is a ‘farce’ – criticising the consultation literature that has been published.
“The consultation is a farce. We are being asked to have our say on something that is clearly already decided. The information being presented is flawed – with only one side of the argument being given, no chance to support an alternative and no considerable reference at all to the environment damage that expansion would bring.
“Whilst we are still digesting the information in the consultation, we can already see that their publicity material is selective and inadequate. Where is the information about the new flight paths that will be introduced? Or the information about how the additional noise will damage the health of residents? Where is the information about the additional traffic or pollution it will cause? And where is the information about how much expanding Heathrow will line the pockets of its international owners?
“However, this is all the “consultation” we are going to get. So I encourage people of the Borough to go to the two local events and for them and all objectors in West London to go online, read the information and take part – making clear that a bigger Heathrow is not better. “No ifs” “No buts”.
“I say to everyone who is against the nightmare of a third runway, if you stay silent, you can be sure the lobbyists working for Big Heathrow will not.”
Zac Goldsmith, spokesman for the four councils involved in the campaign against expansion, added:
“The consultation is a tick box exercise designed to green light a hopeless project that will blight the lives of millions, and whose mounting costs will invariably fall to the taxpayer. It asks people what they think of the noise impacts, without providing information about where the new flight paths will be. It provides no useful information on the pollution or congestion this scheme will cause. But despite its obvious failings, residents should hold their nose and take part, or their silence will be interpreted as support.”
The DfT are holding a number of consultation events for people to find out more. Please see below for the dates and venues nearest to Richmond upon Thames. No information has been released by the DfT regarding the times of the events.
|Wednesday 15 February||11am to 8pm||Kingston||Kingston University||Penrhyn Rd, Kingston upon Thames KT1 2EE|
|Friday 17 February||11am to 8pm||Wimbledon||Everyday Church||30 Queen's Rd, Wimbledon, London SW19 8LR|
|Saturday 18 February||10am to 5pm||Ealing||Ealing Town Hall||New Broadway, Ealing, London W5 2BY|
|Thursday 23 February||11am to 8pm||Twickenham||York House||Richmond Road Twickenham TW1 3AA|
|Friday 24 February||11am to 8pm||Putney||Putney Leisure Centre||Dryburgh Road, London SW15 1BL|
|Monday 27 February||11am to 8pm||Feltham & Heston||Hounslow Civic Centre||Civic Centre, Lampton Road, Hounslow, TW3 4DN|
|Monday 06 March||11am to 8pm||Hammersmith||Assembly Hall||King Street, Hammersmith, London W6 9JU|
|Friday 10 March||11am to 8pm||Richmond||Richmond Adult and Community Centre||Parkshot, London TW9 2RE|
|Wednesday 15 March||11am to 8pm||Isleworth||Isleworth Public Hall||South St, Isleworth TW7 7BG|
Updated: 3 February 2017