“Take control of Third Runway commitments away from Heathrow” urge Thames Valley transport and economic bodies
Two regional bodies are set to approve submissions to the Government’s consultation on Heathrow expansion over the next week, with unequivocal backing for a new runway, and an insistence that Heathrow should not be left to pay the full cost of surface access. However, they are also set to call for responsibility for fulfilling key commitments to be stripped from the airport.
Slough Borough Council officers are struggling to cope with an unusually high number of code-of-conduct complaints against councillors in the last six months – with two made by members of Colnbrook with Poyle Parish Council.
The Department for Transport is organising a free bus service for residents in Colnbrook, Foxborough and Langley wishing to attend the consultation event on a Colnbrook Runway on Monday.
There has been a muted backlash to plans by the Boundary Commission to transfer Chalvey from Slough to Windsor, but a number of the (relatively few) responses received were simply disparaging towards Slough.
Grundon will be the big winner from the Government’s business rates revaluation, with the rateable value of its three Colnbrook premises being reduced by £0.4 million from April.
The Boundary Commission intends to run the second consultation of the 2018 Boundary Review, which seeks to equalise the size of parliamentary constituencies and reduce the number of MPs, from Tuesday 28th February 2017 to Monday 27th March 2017.
Put aside the two consultations announced yesterday by the Government on airport expansion and airspace policy. Far more important news was quietly released later in the day with a more immediate impact on local residents around Heathrow – and for those in Colnbrook it is very good news indeed: it has finally decided to tear up the Cranford Agreement!
With the imminent publication of the Government’s Brexit strategy later, today is, no doubt, a good day to bury bad news. Perhaps no coincidence then that Government will also unveil its key strategy documents for determination of a Third Runway?
The first of several highly anticipated legal challenges to Heathrow expansion was stalled yesterday. A judicial review of the Government’s backing for a Third Runway, brought by four local councils and Greenpeace UK, was dismissed in the High Court yesterday when the judge said he did not have jurisdiction to rule on the issue.
Slough Borough Council has formed a new partnership with Spelthorne Borough Council to ensure the “opportunity” presented by Heathrow expansion is not “squandered”. The two councils are urging other local authorities to join them, suggesting they are “duty-bound” to work with the airport to get the best deal for residents.