I welcome the news that Heathrow has launched two new consultations asking for local feedback on the latest plans for the airport’s expansion. These consultations are important opportunities for residents in Elmbridge to secure the legally enforceable and independently monitored noise and air quality limits.
The first consultation will enable the public to comment on the expansion of the airport itself, including the length and location of the new runway and supporting infrastructure, and details of the local mitigation packages for noise pollution, air quality, and road traffic. The second asks for feedback on the ‘principles’ which will guide the new airspace regime for the new runway, and is the first step on the process of defining new flightpaths.
These are accompanied by a series of drop-in events where people can find out more information about the proposals for expansion and how to participate in the consultations. Two of these are to be held in our constituency:
- Friday 9 February, 12pm-8pm, Imber court, Ember Lane, East Molesey, KT8 0BT
- Monday 12 March, 12pm-8pm, The Cecil Hepworth Playhouse, Hurst Grove, Walton-on-Thames, KT12 1AU
The consultations close on 28 March. I will be submitting to both consultations personally, and would urge anyone affected by the airport’s expansion to attend one of the drop-in sessions and do the same. Details of both, including how to submit, can be found here.
(Dom raises local concerns around noise pollution and air quality with the Transport Minister, Baroness Sugg in November 2017)