Goodman Logistics has failed in its High Court challenge to force the Government to reconsider a controversial plan for a huge rail freight interchange in Colnbrook. Although the Court found that Goodman had succeeded on some points of its legal challenge, those points would NOT have changed the original decision to refuse permission.
The Government may have lost its High Court bid to delay publishing its new air pollution plan until after the General Election, but the judge did take the decision that local councillors should be spared the scrutiny of their own inaction.
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”.
That both sets of barristers did extremely well out of the public inquiry into Colnbrook SIFE in 2015 will come as no surprise. But the two lead barristers on either side have won major plaudits in a recent survey of solicitors and planning professionals, with their activity over SIFE cited.
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.
Grundon’s super-incinerator in Colnbrook has avoided sending waste to landfill for the first time, thanks to an innovative new treatment for residues generated from the plant’s operations.
“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.