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Council leader: "Heathrow should be better, not bigger"

by Natalie Vincent Fri 6 July 2018, 2:35 pm

Steve Curran, leader of Hounslow Council, has weighed in on the Heathrow expansion decision, which saw 415 MPs across all political parties vote in favour of building a third runway, after decades of debate.

Hounslow Council leader, Steve Curran

Hounslow Council previously raised questions that a larger airport could have negative effects on the borough through increased air traffic at night and ‘surface access’, but maintains that it wants the airport to be successful "as it plays such a huge role in our economic success," calling for it to benefit the greater community, and "not just those who catch flights or whose jobs are directly or indirectly linked to the airport".

Curran said: "We will continue to engage proactively with the airport as they develop their ideas further to ensure that our voice is heard and we win the best possible deal for residents should expansion proceed. We also encourage residents to engage with the process by responding to consultations undertaken by the airport operator and making their views known to the Planning Inspectorate, which will consider the development consent order lodged by Heathrow."

Curran also alluded to the environmental impact of the expansion: "Hounslow Council has a long-held position that Heathrow should be better, not bigger. [A] concerted effort must be made to mitigate against the direct negative effects of airport operations on our communities – particularly in relation to noise; poor air quality; congestion on the transport network and; loss or degradation of green space and biodiversity. These negative impacts on quality of life are likely to be vastly exacerbated by expansion if adequate attention to mitigation is not provided."


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