24 SEPTEMBER 2018
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Support among local communities for Heathrow’s expansion plans was reaffirmed in a new Populus poll released last week as the airport confirmed its second phase of consultation will start in the new year.
Building upon its first consultation in early 2018, Heathrow says it will hold two further consultations in January and June 2019, where local people will be able to have their say on the airport’s plans for expansion.
The Populus results released last week are taken from the first local poll conducted since June’s landmark parliamentary vote on the Airports National Policy Statement, where a majority of local MPs voted in favour of expanding Heathrow.
The airport says the latest survey confirms what regular polling has shown since 2015 – that more local people support Heathrow’s expansion than oppose it.
More than 12,500 residents from the constituencies of Maidenhead, Spelthorne, Brentford & Isleworth, Feltham & Heston, Windsor, Uxbridge & South Ruislip, Slough, Esher & Walton, Hayes & Harlington, Beaconsfield, Ealing Central & Acton, Ealing North, Ealing Southall, Richmond Park and Twickenham were interviewed.
Heathrow executive director of expansion Emma Gilthorpe said: “This polling shows thousands of local people recognise the benefits expansion will bring, including jobs and apprenticeships, and the steps we have taken to deliver growth sustainably.”
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Gerry Stevens, Isleworth
1. These were not 'consultations' - they were 'exhibitions.When and where were the residents of Brentford & Isleworth interviewed ?