Leader tells Prime Minister: “See you in Court” over Heathrow decision

Release Date: 04 July 2018

The Leader of the Council slammed the Prime Minister’s broken promises over Heathrow expansion at a meeting last night.

Cllr Gareth Roberts reaffirmed the Council’s opposition to a bigger Heathrow, criticising the multiple promises that have been broken by successive Governments.

At the Council meeting, members agreed a motion that set out the Council’s strengthened opposition. Cllr Roberts, said:

“A very detrimental and damaging decision was taken by Parliament two weeks ago. There isn’t one person in this Council who supports that decision. It is the wrong decision for the borough and the Capital as a whole.

“The Prime Minister has broken her own promises. Just five years ago she made a pledge not to support Heathrow expansion. This follows David Cameron’s ‘No Ifs, No Buts’ commitment made in this borough.

“We haven’t brought a motion that is critical of the Government before. However, as they have broken so many promises on this issue, now isn’t the time to be mealy mouthed.

“We are clear. A bigger Heathrow will lead to more cars. It will lead to more air pollution. An expanded airport will bring more polluting ‘filth’ from the skies, onto our heads and that of our children, damaging our health.

“This motion sends a clear message to Chris Grayling MP – we will oppose and fight this decision. This is not just about Richmond upon Thames. A number of other boroughs and organisations have already said enough is enough. Wandsworth, Hillingdon and more recently Hammersmith and Fulham, the Mayor of London and Green Peace.

“We’re in constant touch with our expert legal team, working alongside other councils and organisations, and expect to have our day in Court.”

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Updated: 31 July 2018