I have convened a public meeting on Thursday 9th July at 7.30 pm at Heathrow Primary School, Harmondsworth, Sipson to discuss the renewed threat of a 3rd runway. Please come along.
The Davies Commission was published last week and recommended a 3rd runway to the North West of the airport. The report is available on the commission's website www.gov.uk/government/organisations/airports-commission
The Davies Commission recommendations effectively remove from the face of the earth the village of Longford and most of Harmondsworth.
Sipson and Harlington become unliveable as a result of air and noise pollution.
The new flight paths envisaged for a 3rd runway take planes over central Hayes and the south of the borough.
Although the Davies Commission says that 780 homes are to be demolished it is evident that 4000 will be rendered unliveable as a result of both air and noise pollution.
Ironically on the day the report was published the air pollution levels at Heathrow airport were above twice the EU's legal limits for air pollution.
Responding to the Davies Commission report the Secretary of State for Transport has confirmed that the Government will consider the report and make a decision in the Autumn.
Given the Prime Minister's categorical assurance prior to the 2010 election that "No if, no buts, there will be no 3rd runway." I have asked him to come to our area to explain his position to local residents.
There is widespread political opposition to the 3rd runway, especially in the cabinet, and many commentators do not believe that the Davies Commission recommendations will be implemented.
However if we are to succeed once again in fighting off the threat of a 3rd runway we will need to mount a massive campaign.
That is one of the issues we will be addressing at the meeting on Thursday.
Please come along to this vitally important meeting.