Third Runway schemes compete to wreak havoc on Colnbrook’s economy

Back Heathrow this week published a YouTube video insisting that a Third Runway is essential to preserving 114,000 local jobs.  However the full impact of both runway proposals on Colnbrook’s economy is starting to become clear.

Comments are disallowed on Back Heathrow's 'Proud to back Heathrow' video (click to open)

Comments are disallowed on Back Heathrow’s ‘Proud to back Heathrow’ video (click to open)

Back Heathrow this week published a YouTube video to counter the anti-third runway film competition being run by Richmond MP Zac Goldsmith and HACAN.

The 2.5 minute video uses local people and business owners to claim that

  • Local people say ‘yes’ to extra runway
  • 114,000 local jobs depend on Heathrow expanding
  • Our local economy relies on Heathrow staying open
  • An extra runway will secure Heathrow’s future

Comments are disabled for the video which has so far been viewed only 500 times since it was published 5 days ago.

Heathrow Airport’s own proposal for expanding the airport claims that it will “protect more than 100,000 existing local jobs and create more than 100,000 new jobs nationwide”.

Heathrow Hub’s claims are more modest, estimating that 19,000 to 30,000 additional jobs directly associated with Heathrow will be created, with further employment potential at the associated transport hub planned for Thorney Park Golf Course.

Despite the volume of pages submitted to the Airports Commission, not to mention the detailed costings provided, both schemes still fall way short of detailing the full impact.

But amid claims and counter-claims from the competing schemes the real economic impact on Colnbrook and Poyle is starting to emerge nevertheless.  Proponents of the Third Runway expecting a jobs bonanza should beware that the village will bear the brunt of local job losses whichever contender is selected.

Here’s our 30 second summary of the picture as it has currently been revealed:

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None (but 750 homes lost in Sipson and Harmondsworth).  However, major road changes, most notably re-routing the Colnbrook By-Pass through Albany Park would be impossible to achieve without some impact on housing.  Albany Park, Tall Trees, Laurel Close, Aintree Close, and Park Street could be at risk. Homes Lost Down from 300 to 250. Properties on Dickens Place, Poplar Close, Sherborne Close, Ingleside, Meadowbrook, Poyle New Cottages, Elbow Meadow, and Poyle Road would be lost.Preference now for tunnelling the M25 but a westerly diversion “may require the demolition of some or all of Colnbrook”.
Not quantified.   The 1,000 page submission is light on specifics, beyond relocation of Grundon’s incinerator.Lakeside Industrial Estate would be lost, along with the Colnbrook Logistics Centre.  Businesses lost along the Colnbrook By-Pass include A-Plant, the Tantric Blue nightclub, BP petrol station, and Riverside Cafe.Heathrow has included £1.74 billion for compulsory purchase of commercial property. Businesses lost Schematics suggest “limited land take” but commentary says loss of the whole Poyle Industrial Estate (12% of Slough’s employment land).  Galleymead Industrial Estate lost to relocated M25. Poyle Road businesses would be lost including The Hilton, Wiggins and Punchbowl.A diverted M25 would see a further 2 ha of employment land in Colnbrook village lost.
Not quantified. Jobs lost Heathrow Hub puts this at 5,600 for jobs lost in the Poyle Industrial Estate alone, but fails to quantity jobs lost at the Galleymead Industrial Estate.



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