Heathrow airport has broken its silence over compensation for local businesses forced to relocate or close by its expansion plans and said that it WILL, after all, extend its limited compensation offer to small businesses – but only those directly facing demolition or compulsory acquisition.
Slough Council has dropped a heavy hint that it may seek to accommodate a new headquarters building for British Airways in Colnbrook in its revised Local Plan. The airline currently contributes £6.2 million annually to Hillingdon Council in respect of business rates on its £200 million Waterside complex off Harmondsworth Moor, which opened in 1997.
Members of the Parish Council now see themselves as responsible for getting a better deal from Heathrow for residents should a Third Runway go ahead, in what amounts to a welcome change of heart.
Colnbrook’s Green Belt is not considered suitable for new homes but will be released to create up to 15,000 new jobs over the next 20 years say the Council’s planning chiefs. Further, they want to enshrine new policies in the Local Plan to prioritise Heathrow’s future needs both in the short and longer term.
Zac Goldsmith will be among speakers at the first major rally against a Third Runway this morning since the decision to back expansion at Heathrow last month. The rally in Richmond will be followed by a second event organised by Stop Heathrow Expansion in Harmondsworth from 12pm.
Cllr Munawar, the Leader of Slough Council, was yesterday forced to issue a clarification after claiming that a Heathrow-Populus poll showed that Slough and Windsor residents were behind a Third Runway. But is that all he got wrong?
Incinerator operator Grundon’s announcement that its “regionally significant facility” must be rebuilt on a “like for like” basis coincides with the official opening today of the brand new Greatmoor Energy from Waste (EfW) plant in Bucks.
Third Runway IS deliverable says Heathrow … but now it’s going to be on a ramp 8 metres above the village!
A Third Runway IS deliverable, said Heathrow, as it welcomed the Government’s decision to support its expansion yesterday. But already there is talk of complex tunnel plans for the M25 being scrapped in favour of an 8 metre high ramp! Chris Grayling confirmed today that Heathrow is considering building its third runway on a slope over the M25.
The Leader of Slough Borough Council, Councillor Sohail Munawar, says the Council is “extremely pleased” with the today’s announcement by the Government that it will support a Third Runway through Colnbrook with Poyle.
A statement issued by the Government this morning confirms that it is backing Heathrow Airport’s North-West option for a new runway through the parish. The Government says its decision, which will be consulted on in the new year, underlines its commitment “to keeping the UK open for business now and in the future and as a hub for tourism and trade”.
The announcement that the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling, will make at 12:30pm today is the government’s “preferred option” for airport expansion and “is merely the start of a process” that could take years and face a serious legal challenge, Stop Heathrow Expansion has said today. The group says it still believes that, whatever today’s decision, neither a third runway nor an extension to the existing northern runway will ever be built.
Meet the nine people who will decide Colnbrook’s fate this morning – the members of the Economy and Industrial Strategy (Airports) Cabinet sub-Committee, which Prime Minister Theresa May chairs. A decision is expected to be announced in the House of Commons around 12:30pm.