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.
Campaign group Stop Heathrow Expansion is telling residents to bin a “cold call” request for information from homeowners in the area by the airport.
Heathrow has begun geeing up airport workers in the past few weeks with internal messages that suggest it could still gain development consent for a new runway as early as 2020.
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.