02/17/2017 | News release | Distributed by Public on 02/17/2017 11:31
Councils and community groups from across the south east are working together to expose the true impact of expanding Heathrow Airport amid claims the Government's on-going consultation is misleading millions of people.
Hillingdon, Richmond, Wandsworth and Windsor and Maidenhead councils are highlighting all of the serious health, noise, traffic and pollution impacts of the third runway plan, which are conspicuously absent from the Department for Transport's (DfT) publicity.
Among the key issues they expose are:
Earlier this month the DfT sent details of the Heathrow expansion scheme to millions of people listing its potential benefits but failing to explain any negative impacts like increased air pollution or aircraft noise.
Details of the new flight paths serving the new Heathrow runway are not included anywhere in the consultation so millions of people simply cannot tell if they are under a new take-off or arrival route.
The DfT's consultation roadshow is also designed to garner support for expansion rather than present a balanced picture and invite feedback, according to the councils.
Cllr Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth Council, said:
'The Government is highlighting the benefits of Heathrow expansion and ignoring the drawbacks. They're approach is more in-line with a commercial marketing campaign than a statutory public consultation. I strongly urge local residents to examine this proposal closely and in the coming weeks and to respond to the Government.'
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Write to: Freepost RUNWAY CONSULTATION
Respond online: www.gov.uk/dft/heathrow-airport-expansion
Attend the consultation event in Putney:
Friday 24 February 2017, 11.00am to 8.00pm Putney Leisure Centre, Dryburgh Road, London SW15 1BL
For the full list of events see the Government website.