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.
The current Heathrow consultation has prompted residents’ groups to organise two public meetings so that those people closest to the proposed runway can ask questions about the true nature of the current proposals for a third runway and the impact to local people.
Hillingdon Council Leader Ray Puddifoot will be the guest speaker at the first meeting, which will take place at St Mary’s Church Hall in Harmondsworth on Wednesday 28th February from 8 – 9.30pm.
This meeting has been arranged by the Harmondsworth and Sipson Residents Association (HASRA) with SHE and is aimed at residents from the villages – including Longford, which would be totally destroyed if the third runway development went ahead.
John McDonnell, MP for Hayes and Harlington, will be the guest speaker at the second meeting at Yiewsley and West Drayton Community Centre on Friday 2nd March from 7.30pm – 9pm. Everyone is welcome and it’s a chance to ask questions before the Heathrow Consultation closes at the end of March.
West Drayton would feel some of the harshest impacts of a third runway, with much busier local roads, higher air pollution and not to mention the level of disruption during construction. This meeting with be a chance to discuss these impacts.
Wednesday 28 February, 8 – 9.30pm
St. Mary’s Church Hall, High Street
Harmondsworth, UB7 0AQ
Jointly hosted with Harmondsworth & Sipson Residents Association
GUEST SPEAKER: CLLR RAY PUDDIFOOT MBE
Friday 2 March, 7.30 – 9pm
Yiewsley & West Drayton Community Centre
West Drayton, UB7 9JL
GUEST SPEAKER: JOHN MCDONNELL MP
We recently used our ward budget to support a number of communityy activities including an event at Cherry Lane School.
The following is from them:
Dear Councillor Peter Money,
I wanted to send you all some photos from our wonderful Summer fete, which yet again, proved to be a magnificent day for our pupils and their families.
The day was filled with fun and laughter and included a variety of stalls, offering unique crafts as well as three different food stalls from around the world, entertainment for children and their parents/carers as well as local dance and drama schools, performing which was a fantastic success.
Mr Whitehouse, our Headmaster, myself and Carl Nielson, have been working towards greater Community Cohesion with the diverse Ethnic mix at our school.
With the support of the ward budget grant, we were able to secure some fantastic activities for our Summer fete, which enabled our pupils, their families and those from our local community, to come together and enjoy a day of fun.
With the grant, we were able to hire four inflatable castles – £400 as well as Go Karts – £385 and with the remaining £215, we were able to replenish items such as glitter tattoos, we also bought stock for our BBQ as well as cakes and biscuits for the children to decorate.
I wish to thank you once again for your support – from all of us at Cherry Lane Primary School, it really does make a big difference to the type of day we can offer our children and families.
Cherry Lane School