Hillingdon Labour Group rejects Government intent to move ahead with Heathrow Third Runway

The proposals to grant permission for Heathrow to build a third runway are wrong, misguided, and ignorant of local resident opinion, said the Hillingdon Labour Group today. The Secretary of State for Transport has revealed the plans that will allow further expansion of Heathrow airport, despite huge opposition from local groups who will be severely affected by it.

Speaking out against the Government proposal, Labour Group Leader Councillor Peter Curling said:


“It comes as no real surprise to me that this Government has decided to push ahead with Heathrow expansion despite figures within their own party strongly opposing it.


“The political parties across Hillingdon are united in our opposition to a third runway, and we will work together with residents however we can to voice and demonstrate this opposition.


“People’s homes and communities face being destroyed, not to mention increase noise, congestion and pollution in the area. We stand by our commitment to a better Heathrow, not a bigger one.”


In 2013, Hillingdon Council conducted a local referendum with 66% of those who took part opposing Heathrow expansion.


Now that the Heathrow plan has been laid out, MPs have 21 days to register objections or amend the plan, after which there will be a vote in the House of Commons.



At 10:00 July 8th 2015: the land owner plus 5/6 bailiffs arrived to evict the residents of Grow Heathrow, threatening to break entry. Residents locked themselves to structures and climbed to higher ground. The police arrived, explaining to the bailiffs they were woefully unequipped to enforce an eviction. Indeed they were. Moreover, Inspector David George from the Heathrow Villages Area Police confirmed to us that as no official documentation regarding a warrant for the eviction was presented to Grow Heathrow or the police, the attempt to evict the site was unlawful.

This success has proved to be useful practise for our call-out response, with many locals and individuals in the Grow Heathrow family arriving this morning.


If you’d like to be added to the eviction call-out phone tree, email us at info@transitionheathrow.comwith your phone number, or text us on 07706602284.

Statement on The Airports Commission Report

The Hillingdon Labour group are extremely disappointed with the Airport Commission’s recommendation that a 3rd runway should be built at Heathrow.

There are so many reasons why further expansion of Heathrow is totally unacceptable, including the severe environmental impact that a 3rd runway would have. The Heathrow area is already one of the biggest air quality black spots in Europe, with air pollution in Hillingdon being double the European legal limit. The rate of Asthma and other respiratory conditions is rising in the areas surrounding the airport, especially amongst children. The noise impact on areas, as of yet, unaffected by noise pollution will also be devastating, as will the loss of nearly a thousand homes.

Hillingdon Labour group recognises the important part that Heathrow airport plays in terms of both the national and local economy, but we feel that the airport is big enough and the sky over West London is full enough. That is why we believe that the answer is to have a Better Heathrow, not a Bigger Heathrow, and as there are already seven runways serving London & the South East, we feel better use of all seven London runways and improved transport links between them is the answer.

We believe that the Six London airports (Heathrow, Luton, Stanstead, Southend, Gatwick and London City) should work in co-operation, so that the seven runways could be utilised in the national interest, rather than in their own vested commercial interests. Both Luton and Stanstead currently run at around 50% capacity, meaning that in capacity terms there is the equivalent of at least one completely unused runway, so why does London need an 8th runway?

Hillingdon Labour group therefore continues its commitment to oppose the 3rd runway and fight for our residents to have an improved environment with cleaner air to breath. The campaign for a Better Heathrow, Not a Bigger Heathrow continues.

Hillingdon Labour Party

Heathrow Expansion – What About Compensation For Residents?

Dear All

Here is some information that Murad Quereshi AM a colleague on The London Assembly has passed on to us. The London Assembly hold the Mayor of London to account and is made up of constituency members and list members. Murad Quereshi is  one of four Labour Nationwide list members, representing the whole of London.

 Dear Friends,

At the Plenary meeting in June, I was given an opportunity to ask Sir Howard Davies whether he considered Heathrow’s recent proposals for spending on noise insulation and property compensation to be sufficient in meeting the concerns of Londoners.

What have Heathrow announced?

  • A congestion charge to be introduced for car drop-offs after transport infrastructure is upgraded.
  • £550m for noise insulation and property compensation and will launch a consultation with local people on proposals this summer.
  • Given that approximately 750 homes would need to be compulsorily purchased to provide space for a third runway, the airport is proposing compensation of 25% above unblighted market value plus stamp duty costs and all legal fees in relation to purchasing a new home.
  • But these new announcements only scratch the surface of the problem and do not alter the fact there will be excess noise created by an expanded Heathrow Airport.

The principle producer of noise pollution in London is already Heathrow Airport with 28% of all people in Europe affected by aircraft noise living under the Heathrow flight paths. In the last decade the problem has spread across London with disturbance now being felt up to 20 km away from the airport with a clear link between health conditions such as stroke, heart and circulatory disease and aircraft noise. A study of 3.6 million people living near Heathrow Airport found that the health risks were 10–20% higher in areas with the most aircraft noise.

In spite of this new evidence, the Mayor has continued to fail to tackle this issue head on. The Labour Group made a solid proposal in the last budget amendment to re-establish the Greater London Authority noise team, a proposal which has not been taken forward by the Mayor.

We hope you find this information useful.


Heathrow Airport Limited – Public Consultation

Dear All,

Attached is an email from the Community Communications Manager, Heathrow. They are starting a pubic consultation and the dates that they are in Heathrow Villages are below. Please turn up and ask any questions you may have. 

 “I am writing to let you know about our public consultation that starts today. The consultation will run for 12 weeks until 12 October and seeks views on the principles that should inform our property and noise compensation schemes. I have attached a copy of the consultation document.

 From today we are distributing 180,000 leaflets letting people know this is happening and where they can attend one of the local exhibitions.  We’ll be directing most people to respond to the consultation at – www.heathrow.com/publicconsultation. People can also view more information about our proposals here.
The consultation is being supported by 17 public exhibition events across the local area. Other ways we’re letting people know about this is by local advertisements and we’re arranging to place copies of the consultation documents in civic buildings across a number of local boroughs.  Finally there’s a freephone 24 hour helpline for residents – 0800 307 7996 – that you can call to request hard copies of the document or to speak to us about any concerns you have.
If you have any questions, please get in touch.  In the meantime if there’s ways you could help raise awareness of the consultation amongst residents we’d be very grateful.  This is an important issue and we’d like as many people as possible to take part.
Best wishes

Theresa Gruber
Community Communications Manager”

We have attached a link to the copy of the consultation document: http://your.heathrow.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Property-and-Noise-Compensation-Consultation.pdf, and we hope that you have found this information useful.

 Harmondsworth Tuesday 2nd September (1400 – 2100)  St Mary’s Church Hall 
 Cranford  Thursday 4th September (1400 – 2100)  Cranford Baptist Church Hall
 Longford  Saturday 6th September (1000 – 1600)  Thistle Hotel, Bath Road
 Harlington  Tuesday 9th September (1400 – 2100)  Harlington Baptist Church Hall
 Sipson  Wednesday 1st October (1400 – 2100)  Sipson Community Centre  

Kind regards

Cllrs’ Money, Nelson and Khatra 

Your Local Councillors  

‘Boris Island’ Plans Rejected by Aviation Commission

Press Release: Airports Commission announces inner Thames estuary decision.

The inner thames estuary airport proposal not shortlisted.

The Airports Commission has today (2 September 2014) announced its decision not to add the inner Thames estuary airport proposal to its shortlist of options for providing new airport capacity by 2030.

Following detailed further study into the feasibility of an inner Thames estuary airport the commission has concluded that the proposal has substantial disadvantages that collectively outweigh its potential benefits.

Airports Commission Chair Sir Howard Davies said:

We are not persuaded that a very large airport in the Thames estuary is the right answer to London’s and the UK’s connectivity needs.

While we recognise the need for a hub airport, we believe this should be a part of an effective system of competing airports to meet the needs of a widely spread and diverse market like London’s.

There are serious doubts about the delivery and operation of a very large hub airport in the estuary. The economic disruption would be huge and there are environmental hurdles which it may prove impossible, or very time-consuming to surmount. Even the least ambitious version of the scheme would cost £70 to £90 billion with much greater public expenditure involved than in other options – probably some £30 to £60 billion in total.

There will be those who argue that the commission lacks ambition and imagination. We are ambitious for the right solution. The need for additional capacity is urgent. We need to focus on solutions which are deliverable, affordable, and set the right balance for the future of aviation in the UK.

The commission received and developed a substantial body of evidence that it considered very carefully over a number of months before reaching this decision.

Alongside today’s announcement the commission has published a paper in which it sets out in more detail the reasoning behind its decision.

The commission will now continue its appraisal of the 3 shortlisted proposals for additional capacity and will publish the appraisal for public consultation in the autumn.

 Further information

The Airports Commission was set up by the government in November 2012 as an independent body to examine the scale and timing of any requirement for additional capacity to maintain the UK’s position as Europe’s most important aviation hub. It will identify and evaluate how any need for additional capacity should be met in the short, medium and long term.

In its interim report published in December 2013 the commission identified a need for 1 net new additional runway in London and the south east and it shortlisted 3 proposals to deliver this capacity for further, detailed appraisal:

  • a proposal from Gatwick Airport Ltd for an additional runway to the south of the existing runway at Gatwick Airport
  • a proposal from Heathrow Airport Ltd for an additional runway to the north west of the existing northern runway at Heathrow Airport
  • a proposal from Heathrow Hub Ltd for an extension to the existing northern runway at Heathrow Airport to operate as 2 separate runways

In the report, the commission also announced its intention to carry out further study into the feasibility of an airport in the inner Thames estuary before taking a decision on whether or not to add this option to its shortlist.

In January 2014 the commission announced it would conduct feasibility studies on 4 aspects of an inner Thames estuary airport the:

  • environment impacts (study 1)
  • operational feasibility and attitudes to moving to a new airport (study 2)
  • socio-economic impacts (study 3)
  • surface access impacts (study 4)

At the same, the commission launched a call for evidence inviting interested parties to submit evidence in relation to the 4 study areas, with a deadline of 23 May 2014. Just over 170 responses were received, and were considered by the commission as it developed the studies.

The commission carried out further consultation in July 2014 on the studies themselves. The final decision and summary of consultation responses has been published today.

Please find the link here: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/349518/decision-and-summary.pdf