Public consultation launches on Heathrow Airport Expansion – have your say for Hounslow!

Heathrow Airport Limited (HAL) has launched its third consultation today (18 June 2019) outlining its proposals to expand Heathrow Airport, which involves building a new runway, changing how the airport operates and managing the airport’s growth.

Published: Tuesday, 18th June 2019

Heathrow airport expansion

As one of the London boroughs most impacted by any changes to our neighbouring airport, local residents and stakeholders are urged to understand how the proposed expansion plans may impact on their daily lives and to have their say through participating in the consultation.

Hounslow Council has long held the view that Heathrow should aim to be better and not bigger. Whilst the Council has been opposed to a bigger Heathrow whether that is a result of an additional runway, relaxation of runway operations or night flights, we nonetheless want a better and more successful Heathrow. It is Hounslow’s view that Heathrow should concentrate on improving its efficiency within its current format, without the addition of a third runway which would likely have a significant adverse impact on local communities.

In the event of expansion plans proceeding, Hounslow Council will actively push for the very best outcomes for Hounslow;

  • We will continue to push for the very best noise protection and pollution control measures for our residents and our schools.
  • We believe that the benefits of living beside Heathrow need to be greater for the whole community and not just for those who catch flights or whose jobs are directly or indirectly linked to the airport.
  • Considerable efforts must be made to address the direct negative effects of airport operations on our communities, particularly in relation to noise, air quality, congestion on the transport network and loss or damage to our greenspaces and biodiversity.

However, Hounslow Council also recognises the significant local and national benefits of Heathrow Airport economically. For this reason, we are working to build a better working relationship with the operators and owners of Heathrow and other stakeholders:

  • We want to maximise the benefits that the airport should be bringing to the borough as well as ensuring that we secure the most suitable and practical mitigation and compensation that addresses all the negative impacts.
  • Through the West of Borough Local Plan review process, we have been working together with the airport operator to secure local employment and to shape the local area around Heathrow as a better place to live, work and visit.
  • This will ensure that any future airport expansion (out of the council’s control) and any airport-related development, facilities and infrastructure are the most suitable.
  • This will need to be well-coordinated to minimise disruption and maximise community benefit with mitigation and compensation packages that address all the negative impacts.

Councillor Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council said:

“As one of the boroughs most impacted by Heathrow Airport, it is important that all residents and stakeholders have their say on the proposed expansion plans for Heathrow Airport.

“While we are committed to securing the very best deal for Hounslow, as a local authority, our powers to veto expansion are very limited.  We will continue to campaign for better, not bigger Heathrow and will focus our efforts on ensuring that we get the very best deal for our residents, in terms of mitigation against the adverse effects and ensuring that our communities are compensated for the negative impacts that the expansion will have.

 “Our local economy is heavily reliant on Heathrow which is why we want it to be as successful as possible, but we must not be blind sighted to the adverse effects of expansion. Make sure you have your say so that expansion can be guided by the communities most affected."

The consultation which opened today (Tuesday 18 June), will be open until 13 September 2019. Four separate consultation events have been organised by Heathrow. Residents and stakeholders are invited to come along to any events to speak to the members of Heathrow's team and find out more about the consultation. You can pick up copies of the consultation documents, watch videos and animations, view a model of the expanded airport and listen to sound demonstrations.

The following public consultation events will be held within the London Borough of Hounslow:

  • Feltham: Saturday 27 July, 10am to 4pm 

Feltham Assembly Hall, Feltham Park, Hounslow Road, Feltham TW14 9DN

  • Hounslow: Friday 2 August, 10am to 4pm

Hounslow House, 7 Bath Road, Hounslow, Middlesex TW3 3EB

  • Brentford: Wednesday 7 August, 2pm to 8pm

Holiday Inn Brentford Lock, Commerce Road, Brentford TW8 8GA

  • Chiswick: Friday 23 August, 2pm to 8pm

Chiswick Town Hall, Heathfield Terrace, Turnham Green, London W4 4JN

For more information on the Heathrow Expansion Consultation and to complete it online visit: www.heathrowconsultation.com

Paper copies of the consultation are available for viewing at Hounslow Library, Hounslow House, 7 Bath Road, TW3 3EB

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