Dexter: “We will invite Davies to come to Colnbrook”
Ward and Parish Councillor Dexter Smith, who authored the Parish submission to the Davies Commission, has said Sir Howard Davies’ Airports Commission will finally be asked to come and visit Colnbrook to see for themselves the devastating environmental and social costs of a Colnbrook or Poyle Third Runway.
From the Slough Observer:
Villagers faces 18 months of uncertainty over whether Heathrow Airport would expand to within hundreds of metres of their homes.
A plan to build a third runway at Heathrow to the north west of the current site – towards Colnbrook – was included in the Airport Commission’s Interim Report released on Tuesday.
The estimated £17bn project, submitted by Heathrow Airports Ltd, would involve 950 residential properties and two Grade I or II listed buildings being demolished, as well as pushing the end of the runway to within hundreds of metres from properties in Colnbrook. No homes in the village would be destroyed.
Ward councillor Dexter Smith said:
It is very disappointing. It is very bad news for Colnbrook. We live in an uncertain world now.
As well as the third runway option, the village is also under threat from the Heathrow Hub Ltd project which was also shortlisted.
The proposals outline plans to extend the northern runway westwards, over parts of the village, and potentially re-routing or tunnelling over the M25, causing traffic chaos while work is carried out.
Cllr Smith added:
We will be asking the Davies Commission to come and visit. We have to try over the next 18 months to convince them that there would be a devastating environmental and social costs here if it went ahead.