|Third Runway? Ealing Says NO Way|
New flight path would 'heap misery' over residents
Ealing Council has renewed its opposition to a third runway at Heathrow airport because it would cause ‘untold misery’ for local residents.
At a meeting of the full council on Tuesday 16 October councillors agreed to oppose any plans to revive the expansion of Heathrow.
It's argued that any further expansion of Heathrow would be detrimental to the quality of life of local residents. It would see the number of flights across the borough rocket and the already stretched road network buckle under the strain of more traffic.
The council is urging residents who already face noise disturbance to formally log complaints with Heathrow Airport.
Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for environment and transport said: “A third runway would heap misery from the skies, pouring noise and pollution on to west London.
A report out last week by the prestigious US University MIT warned that a third runway at Heathrow would lead to significantly more early deaths from pollution. Last year London had illegally high levels of air quality on 57 days in 2011, well above the 38 permitted by EU Law.
Councillors raised serious concerns that further expansion of Heathrow would make pollution levels even worse and would harm residents’ health.
17th October 2012