Cabinet approves council’s draft response to Heathrow Airport’s expansion plans

Hounslow Council has approved its draft response to the consultation on the expansion of Heathrow.

Published: Friday, 6th September 2019

A plane taking off at Heathrow in the twilight.

The response follows a number of consultation events which were held across the borough earlier this year. The expansion will have both positive and negative effects on the region and the borough; however, in engaging with the airport operator the council is seeking to protect the interests of the community in terms of the environment, local economy, and the available employment opportunities.   

Cllr Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council, said: “The council’s position has always been for a ‘better not bigger’ Heathrow.  However, we remain of the view that we need to engage proactively and constructively with the airport operator if we are to ensure that the impact of any expansion for our residents is minimised, and the potential opportunities a bigger Heathrow for Hounslow borough are exploited as far as possible.

“As well as securing a fair share of the additional jobs and vital improvements to the transport network to tackle congestion - such as the essential new rail access to the airport from the south - we must ensure that environmental issues like noise pollution, air quality and carbon emissions are minimised and that those affected are adequately compensated”.

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