“No one organisation is accountable for shocking problems Heathrow causes” – Heathrow CEO

Heathrow’s CEO John Holland-Kaye has described as “shocking” the problems that the airport causes the local community, following a bike ride through Colnbrook with Poyle with Parish Council chair Peter Hood this week.

John Holland-Kaye

John Holland-Kaye said the current problems were “shocking”

The CEO of Heathrow has used the airport’s intranet to tell employees about the “shocking” impact of ancillary operations on local communities.

Following a bike ride through the parish with Cllr Peter Hood of Colnbrook Parish Council on Thursday John Holland-Kaye hit out at the “haphazard way” in which huge cargo sheds and smaller warehouses have sprung up in the middle of residential neighbourhoods. He added that “it was shocking, and there is no one organisation you can hold accountable”.

Mr Holland-Kaye has campaigned hard for a new runway though the parish, claiming that a Third Runway will deliver £211bn in economic benefits across the UK by 2050 partly by giving exporters access to up to 40 new destinations and emerging markets.

But he noted that villages such as Colnbrook, Bedfont, and Feltham were already being hit with “congestion, pollution and antisocial behaviour” as a result of activities associated with “keeping Britain’s trade flowing”.

Cargo in the community: John Holland-Kaye's blog post to airport employees this week.

Cargo in the community: John Holland-Kaye’s blog post to airport employees this week.

He has promised to take a lead in bringing cargo companies, landowners, councils and residents to address the issue in order “to stop lorries messing up local villages”.

No specific actions have so far been announced yet, however.

The Parish Council was told of Holland-Kaye’s offer to tour the village on bike at its last meeting earlier this month. The invitation to directly engage with the airport’s boss in such a unique manner was extended to “others who might like to join” – but, unfortunately, was not shared with residents other than the two members of the public who attended the meeting.

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