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!
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.
Rebuke for Heathrow as residents warned responding to survey could see them EXCLUDED from compensation
Campaign group Stop Heathrow Expansion has issued a stark warning to residents and small business owners that responding to a land interest survey currently being distributed by the airport could see them excluded from property compensation schemes.