A consultation for Hammersmith and Fulham residents to have their say on the plans for a third runway at Heathrow has reopened in light of new evidence.
The Department for Transport, who are running the consultation, released new evidence regarding noise, CO2 emissions and air pollution. This information was not public knowledge during the first round of consultations, which closed in May.
The announcement of the reopening of the consultation, which will run until 19th December, coincides with the year anniversary of the government’s decision to expand Heathrow over Gatwick. This would mean an extra 700 flights to and from the airport a day.
The governments sustainability appraisal claims that building a second runway at Gatwick would have less of a negative impact on the surrounding area.
The news of the consultation follows a recent local demonstration where members of the protest group h&f No Third Runway set up a number of red cardboard planes in Ravenscourt Park.
Victoria Timberlake, the group’s co-Chair, said: “There is deep and heartfelt opposition to any further expansion of Heathrow.”
“Seven hundred extra flights each day can only bring more misery to the hundreds of thousands of Londoners living under current flightpaths, as well as new misery to communities overflown for the first time.”
If the plans are given the go-ahead, construction of the runway would begin early 2021, to be completed by 2025.
For more information on the consultation phone 0300 123 4797 or visit www.gov.uk/dft/heathrow-airport-expansion.