Public have their say on impact of Heathrow expansion

Residents debated the pros and cons of potential expansion at Heathrow Airport during a public meeting this week.

Impacts on the borough from a new runway were considered at H&F Council’s Community Safety, Environment and Residents’ Services Policy and Accountability Committee, when it met at the town hall on Tuesday (January 13).

Committee chair Cllr Larry Culhane pointed to the divisive nature of the topic, introducing it as ‘an issue that provokes big reactions from people’.

During the meeting, the community heard the findings of a report by the H&F Commission on Airport Expansion (HFCAE), which is formed of local residents and supported by H&F Council.

The commission investigated the potential impacts on the borough, based on the Airports Commission’s consultation.

The Airport’s Commission consultation had shortlisted three options for runway expansion in the south of England to ensure the UK remained Europe’s aviation hub. Those proposals included a new runway at Gatwick and two options for expansion at Heathrow.

As well as attending the meeting and commenting on Twitter, a large number of residents also made their views known on the council’s website.

The commission’s report will be submitted directly as a response to the Airports Commission consultation.

H&F Council’s response to that consultation, which is yet to be finalised, will be informed by the residents’ work.