Local authorities with very bad air quality will be required to deliver initial improvement plans within eight months, according to the Government’s final air quality plan published on Wednesday. But Slough Borough Council has been de-listed following updated NO2 modelling and will apparently escape new measures to force a speedy air quality clean-up.
The Government has today published a summary of responses received in its consultation of its revised plan for tackling roadside nitrogen dioxide emissions. The clear message from respondents was that there is little confidence that the plans will deliver improvements quickly enough, and the Government needs to take a lead rather than placing the burden solely on local authorities.
A new cross-party MP group against the expansion of Heathrow Airport has been launched in Westminster. The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) has been set up to bring together politicians opposing a third runway and scrutinise the issues related to proposed expansion.
Heathrow Airport has opened up a new scheme to offer free noise insulation to a limited number of properties in Colnbrook.
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.