Rival Third Runway scheme proponents, other airports, and airlines have hit out at alternative proposals for Heathrow expansion, raising concerns it could delay expansion and would not resolve a capacity crisis.
Heathrow expansion should commit to offering replacement homes to displaced residents, says hotel tycoon
Surinder Arora, founder and chairman of the Arora hotel group, has called for residents impacted by Heathrow expansion to get a much better deal if a new runway goes ahead.
Colnbrook could be spared under alternative plan for Third Runway – but residents group is not impressed
New proposals for an alternative Third Runway unveiled by the head of the Arora hotel group over the weekend would spare Colnbrook but see neighbouring Sipson bear the brunt of Heathrow’s expansion plans.
The Colnbrook Museum project could have hit a road block in the form of a legal covenant that could prevent the Village Hall from being extended. But the issue appears to have split councillors following the intervention of MP Adam Afriyie.
Following this weekend’s heatwave an air quality alert has been issued for Slough for tomorrow. A MODERATE alert is in place, meaning health effects are unlikely to require action for most people, but vulnerable groups including those with respiratory conditions and the elderly should take precautions.
Doubts have been cast over Heathrow expansion following the collapse of the Tory majority, leading to speculation this weekend that a Third Runway may – once again – be kicked into the long grass.
Goodman Logistics has failed in its High Court challenge to force the Government to reconsider a controversial plan for a huge rail freight interchange in Colnbrook. Although the Court found that Goodman had succeeded on some points of its legal challenge, those points would NOT have changed the original decision to refuse permission.
The Government may have lost its High Court bid to delay publishing its new air pollution plan until after the General Election, but the judge did take the decision that local councillors should be spared the scrutiny of their own inaction.
Adam Afriyie has today confirmed he will seek re-election on a platform of continuing to fight Heathrow expansion, protecting the area from flooding, and defending the local economy. In addition to Heathrow, he says he will fight to protect the area from “devastating” flooding and will seek to defend a “vibrant economy”.
That both sets of barristers did extremely well out of the public inquiry into Colnbrook SIFE in 2015 will come as no surprise. But the two lead barristers on either side have won major plaudits in a recent survey of solicitors and planning professionals, with their activity over SIFE cited.
A High Court challenge mounted by SIFE developer Goodman could, if successful, be bad news for Heathrow. The company, which confirmed during the public inquiry in 2015 that, even if Heathrow was granted permission for a Third Runway, it would still build and operate the 183-acre site for one year, now seems to be going all out to get top buck for its investment.
A 55-year-old family man from Harmondsworth is embarking on a 400-mile walk to the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, where he hopes to speak to the First Minister of Scotland and Leader of the SNP, Nicola Sturgeon about their support for Heathrow expansion.