The Government gives the green light to Heathrow!
Today the Government announced that it will back a new runway at Heathrow Airport.
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling made a statement to the House of Commons at lunchtime today.
The Government’s decision follows the recommendation of the independent Airports Commission in 2015, who said that expansion of Heathrow was the “unanimous choice” for our country. The Government’s decision will have significant support from local communities, business groups, trade unions, international airlines and UK regions.
Growing the airport will secure the 114,000 jobs that rely on it and lay the foundations for 40,000 new ones in the local area. Alongside many thousands of new apprenticeships on offer, expansion of the airport will have an incredibly positive impact on the lives of many people and families in communities neighbouring Heathrow, as prosperity spreads and opportunities are created for today and future generations.
Back Heathrow is delighted… This is fantastic news, bringing huge economic and community benefits.
And the other side of the argument is…
Despite all the assurances from former PM David Cameron and the current PM Theresa May that they would oppose a third runway, we have the decision that was widely predicted due to the intensive lobbying by Heathrow.
With zero imagination, our government has slavishly followed the Airports Commission recommendation and said it wants to tag another huge swathe of concrete onto the existing two-runway airport.
Action to break up BAA to create more competition between airports and provide a better deal for passengers has been undone by allowing this foreign-owned airport to push ahead and rule the roost. HAL’s owners sold off every other airport to ensure it had the money to promote its plans for domination throughout the country.
Manchester Airport and Gatwick Airport believe they will allowed to build extra runways in future, even with a third runway at Heathrow, but climate change targets will almost certainly prevent this happening. Other airports will be forced to accept the total dominance of Heathrow. Gavin Shuker, Labour and Cooperative MP for Luton South has said that the need to consider climate change is the reason why the government could only approve one runway for the UK.
So Theresa May and her Cabinet have gone for the option that is the most expensive, the highest cost to the taxpayer, has the fiercest opposition and is the most environmentally damaging and would force thousands of people from their homes.
They demonstrate that this government is not listening to ordinary people. It is a government that puts the needs of the wealthy few over the lives of the majority. Quality of life is being sacrificed to satisfy the greed of foreign investors who have offered UK regions the crumbs from their table. They have exploited the worries of workers in areas fearing unemployment by offering the promise of short-term jobs – at some point in the future. Like many other previous promises, they will almost certainly be broken when the project’s ever-growing cost forces the airport to make “efficiencies”.