29 JANUARY 2018
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Tomorrow, Tuesday 30 January, sees the first of 40 consultation events (Hounslow Civic Centre, Lampton Road, Hounslow TW3 4D 12:00 to 20:00) designed to brief the public in the Heathrow conurbation of the proposed expansion of the airport.
This does presuppose the airport gets the final go-ahead in June when an enabling Bill is passed by Parliament. Detailed planning permission will then take place next year. In parallel an airspace dialog is being held.
The consultation is a major undertaking with adverts appearing in newspapers and local radio asking people to come along. A direct mailshot is reaching every home and business in the area (which includes BTN in HA8, remote from Heathrow and not on any flight path).
For those unable to make it to events the airport has published on-line an extremely comprehensive 70-page document setting out the plans for expansion, how the effects are managed, and with an offer to ‘have your say’.
The airport’s chief executive officer John Holland-Kaye sums up the project in the booklets forward rather neatly.
“Heathrow expansion is about more than just a runway. It is about opportunities for our local community, inside and outside the airport’s boundary. It is about securing the country’s economy and connecting the whole of the UK to global growth. And it is about legacy – building the infrastructure today that our children will need for tomorrow”.
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