Cabinet yesterday (5th June) approved plans to build a Third Runway at Heathrow.
Below is the statement from Transport Secretary Chris Grayling with my notes (in italics) as to why this is the wrong move –
Sir Howard Davies will be publishing his report in to aviation expansion in the South-East tomorrow morning.
I received the following from my friends at the independent campaign group She Heathrow Expansion (SHE) earlier today –
The Davies Commission Publishes Tomorrow
Thank you for your continued support for our campaign against further expansion at Heathrow. As you will probably know by now, the Airports Commission recommendation for the site of a new runway in the South East will be made at 7am tomorrow morning. From 5.30am journalists will be allowed sight of the final report but because of the sensitive nature of its content they will not be allowed to reveal the recommendation in advance. Therefore, we expect to be in the same position as you, regarding whether Heathrow is the favoured option, until 7am.
Most of our committee and many residents will be involved in media interviews throughout the day. We have arranged interviews with everyone from BBC Radio London, Breakfast TV shows, Sky TV, Radio 5 Live, Radio 4 Today programme, Channel 5 News and Channel 4 News with Jon Snow to name just a few.
Whatever the recommendation, remember that this does not bind the government to follow the results of the Commission’s report. Our case is extremely strong and we do not believe that a third runway or extension to the existing northern runway are deliverable options. Therefore, if Sir Howard Davies recommends Heathrow for expansion, we will step up our opposition. If the decision is for Gatwick, we remain determined to ensure that Heathrow is not considered by the government and that our future is protected from further threat. The people of London and the surrounding areas impacted by its noise and pollution deserve a break.
Thank you again for your valued support. We will contact you again soon, in the meantime keep an eye on our website: www.stopheathrowexpansion.co.
Neil Keveren and the Stop Heathrow Expansion team
The SHE committee