Local media react to the Colnbrook runway plans
Local newspapers took very different perspectives in their coverage of Heathrow’s amended proposal for a Colnbrook runway yesterday.
The Slough Observer yesterday suggested the revised plans included “one major change which would spare a village”.
It said the original submission would have required the motorway junction to be moved north towards Iver and over parts of Richings Park, a move which “angered and concerned residents”. The revised plan, it said, would see the runway moved to the north-west away from the M4/M25 junction.
There was no mention of any impact on Colnbrook in its coverage!
The Slough Express showed that it actually knows where Colnbrook is and, more importantly, that the revised plans will bring the runway further south to “within 200 yards” of the village.
It highlights Heathrow’s claim that moving the runway south will save 200 of the 950 houses that would have been sacrificed and avoids disrupting the busy M25/M4 junction.
“The bad news for Colnbrook was that the perimeter of the runway has been moved 250m nearer than had originally been proposed last year.”
The paper reported that Heathrow’s Director of Policy, Nigel Milton, insisted the airport would be doing its best to support the Colnbrook community – creating bunds to deflect noise, paying for insulation and compensation and working to reduce the flood risk.
It also quotes Parish chair Cllr Peter Hood, finally breaking his public silence on the issue.