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.
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.
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”.
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.
“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.
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.
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!